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Terrifying mushroom cloud of flames erupts yards away from apartment blocks in Kenya as terrified residents flee

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THIS is the terrifying moment a huge mushroom cloud of flames erupted just yards away from busy apartment blocks in Kenya.

Horrified residents were forced to flee from their homes as several people were reportedly rushed to hospital.

The huge mushroom cloud over apartment blocks in Kenya

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The huge mushroom cloud over apartment blocks in KenyaCredit: Twitter
Thick clouds of black smoke took over the sky

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Thick clouds of black smoke took over the skyCredit: Twitter

The explosion was thought to have started after a gas leak that caused the massive fire that quickly took over the surrounding area and sent clouds of black smoke billowing through the air.

The chilling blast happened near Kabansora in Embakasi, Nairobi at a building owned by Kentainers – Kenya’s leading brand for water tank storage, food and grain.

The Government Spokesperson of Kenya Isaac Mwaura said: “There has been a fire outbreak at Kentainers Company ltd near Kabansora in Embakasi, Nairobi.

“The company was refilling gas cylinders when a fire broke out and several people were injured and rushed to hospital. The building hosting the company is badly damaged.

“The cause of the fire remains unknown. Members of the public are advised to avoid the area as rescue operations are underway including fire engines being deployed to the area.”

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