Fire has gutted Lilongwe central market, in the capital city, destroying goods worth millions of kwachas.
Eye-witnesses said the fire occurred on Friday dawn but city council’s fire extinguishers came hours later in the morning after most of the merchandise had already been lost in the inferno.
By standers booed at the fire fighters for coming late but the firefighters wore a brave face as they tried to salvage the little thst remained in the internationa market that has traders from Zambia, Tanzania and other countries.
Vendors blamed Lilongwe City Council for not responding on time.
“A fire engine arrived when everything was razed down,” said one of the vendors.
He also accused the rescue team for being unskilled and ill-equipped.
The cause of the fire, at the heart of Old Town, is yet to be established.
Police said it is being investigated.