Mzuzu market razed by fire again: Council to reconstruct part of market

Assorted mechandise worth millions of Kwachas have been destroyed by fierce fire which started around 9pm on Sunday just when some residents were watching Germany beating Argentina in the just-ended football World Cup final.

Mzuzu market razed
Mzuzu market razed
Fire guts Mzuzu Market
Fire guts Mzuzu Market
Traders view the destroyed stalls in the market
Traders view the destroyed stalls in the market

According to one of the businessmen, who ply his business at the main market in Mzuzu Mr Mwalweni, said he received a phone call from hi friend who told him that the fire had attacked the market.

Mwalweni said he rushed to the market and discovered that the fire was uncontrollable as so many of his colleagues were trying to rescue their properties but in vain.

A fiery fire which consumed half of the market made of timber, cartons and other ignitable materials..

The cause of the fire is not yet known but  speculations indicate that the fire started in one of the restaurants, others said it is the electrical fault where the fire originates from one of the Escom poles which is planted near to one of  the restaurants.

The area which has been much affected including the whole area where restaurant operates, all cosmetic shops situated at the Mzuzu car park.

Some of those affected businesspeople suspect it could be an act of sabotage by people who did not benefit from donations that poured from politicians during a similar tragedy on April 19 whose damage was estimated at K110 million.

Mzuzu City Chief Executive Officer Thomas Chirwa said: “We are not quite sure about the cause.”

He said they will reconstruct part of the market.


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