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Fire guts down part of Mzuzu market

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By Patience Lunda:

Fire has gutted down a section of Mzuzu Market during the wee hours of Monday.

An eye witness said he suspected that an electrical fault started the fire in the market.

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Valiwess Phiri, a gateman at the market, said he saw sparks on one of the electricity poles after power was restored following load shedding that affected the whole city on Sunday.

“I noticed some sparks of fire on one of the electricity poles inside the market when I was doing my inspection. I called fellow guards who called the Mzuzu City Council fire brigade who put out the fire after some minutes,” he said

The market’s crafts centre chairperson, Bauleni Nkhoma, said the fire destroyed a lot of items, appealing to well-wishers to assist the victims.

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“A lot of items have been burnt and this has affected many business people because they depend on their businesses for their day-to-day survival. We would really love people to support us with anything,” he said.

Northern Region Deputy Police spokesperson, Maurice Chapola, said they were yet to establish the cause of the fire and assess the damage caused.

“We are still carrying out our investigations to find out the real cause of the fire and the value of the goods burnt during the fire,” Chapola said.

Some of the items destroyed are sofa sets, sewing machines, shoes, food items and artistry works.

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