Mankessim | About 50 stores burnt down last night.

Witnesses said the fire started around 10 p.m. when traders had locked up and the inaccessible nature of the market made it difficult for people at the market to trade. The cause of the fire is yet to be established.

The Central Regional Minister, Mrs Justina Marigold Assan said it was disturbing that people’s lifetime capital had gone done the drain in one day. The fire took four hours to be brought under control. There were no casualties and the fire was under control by 11:30pm.

The Fire Service received a distress call around 10:38 pm about the fire outbreak and immediately moved in but there was an obstruction due to ongoing construction works at the Market. The Regional Fire Public Relations Officer, Mr Wasiu Abdul, said the absence of fire hydrants was a challenge.

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