Mzuzu Main Market on Wednesday night was gutted by massive fire which destroying hundreds of stores and nearby high-risk buildings, the third inferno since April last year.
It tarted around 7.30pm with some streetside vendors still selling their merchandise at the heart of the city.
The fire reportedly began in a store made of residual timber before spreading to multimillion-kwacha goods in surrounding shops that cram the fire-prone market adjacent two relatively tall buildings that were equally hit.
Mzuzu deputy Mayor Farzer Chunga said it was shocking that a nocturnal fire had hit the market the third time since last year.
“This situation is very pathetic in the country as we are facing economic challenges but on this we need immediate intervention in which government alone cannot manage to settle it hence am pleading with the well wishers and nongovernmental organization to take an upper handing in helping the victims,” said Chunga.
The catastrophe comes as the city council is yet to come clear on similar tragedies at Vigwagwa Market in the vicinity last month.
Malawi has been engulfed with fire related disaster including the burning of Vigwagwa Market, a village in Neno, Chilomoni People’s Supermarket, Mkanda Post Office in Mchinji and Dedza Market since last month.Follow and Subscribe Nyasa TV :