Blasts suspected to have been due to exploding gas cylinders could be heard as firefighters battled to put out the inferno suspected to have been caused by an electrical fault.
Smoke engulfed the cells and other facilities and extended to the road. Police cordoned off University Way to allow the Nairobi City County fire department to put out the fire, causing a huge traffic snarl-up.
The Central Police Station is the most popular police station in the capital. It is about the first point of call for reporting crime within the Nairobi Central Business District, and uptown Nairobi. Its located along University Way just next to the University of Nairobi.
Nairobi recorded a fire outbreak in January 2018 when a slum was razed down rendering some 6,000 people homeless. Reports said despite the fire fighters arriving quickly on the scene, they did not have enough water to quench the blaze.