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Fire guts part of market in Mzuzu

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About 47 traders who operate at Zigwagwa market in Mzuzu Friday woke up to a rude awakening following a ravaging fire that reduced their stalls and commodities to ashes.

Though the cause of the fire is still a mystery, most affected shops are those to do with agriculture commodities and second-hand clothes trade.

One of the eyewitnesses, Macdonald Kumwenda, recounted that the fire started around 11pm on Thursday.

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Kumwenda, a taxi driver, said it took over three hours for the fire brigade team from Mzuzu City Council to arrive on the scene.

However, by that time, shops and merchandise had already been razed down by the fire.

“At first sight, we thought it was a mosque close by. When we went there, we saw it was actually part of the market. At that time, about three shops were in flames. We tried to use any means possible but to futility. After about three hours, brigade team from the council came but a lot had been gutted down by the fire,” he said.

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At the time of our visit around morning hours Friday, businesswomen who have been affected by the inferno, were rushing with buckets of water in their desperate attempt to douse pockets of fire.

Chairperson of the section Allan Masiya said they are still evaluating the value and quantity of the goods destroyed.

“We are devastated. This is where we get our daily bread,” he said.

Mzuzu City Council Fire Officer, Precious Mandala asked for more time to comment on the matter.

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