At least 200 shops were gutted in a high-intensity fire that broke out in a daily market in the Cameroonian capital of Yaounde early Friday, according to local officials.
The fire brigade service reached the market popularly known as Mvog Mbi to put out the fire. No casualty has so far been reported, as the market was not open for business at the time when the fire broke out, the local officials said.
According to shop owners, who reached the area after the fire, goods and property amounting to more than 1 million U.S. dollars were consumed by the fire.
“I lost everything — my money and goods. More than 500 families have been affected. The government needs to come to our assistance,” said Michel Djomo, a shop owner, who claimed to have lost goods worth more than 30,000 U.S. dollars in the fire.
“How are we going to send our children to school next academic year? Everything is destroyed,” said Ernestine Ndabu, another shop owner.
The investigation is underway to ascertain the cause of the fire. Enditem