Fire on Monday night gutted Bangwe market in Blantyre damaging property worth of millions kwachas. About in 18 shops are worst hit.
The Blantyre City Fire Brigade managed to contain the fire before it spread to other shops. The fire is said to have started around 9pm on Monday.
Southern Region Police publicist James Kadadzera said investigations to find the cause of the fire and the extent of the damage were still underway.
“We suspect that the fire developed from a charcoal burner that was left in one of the shops inside the market,” said Kadadzera.
Chairperson for vendors in the market Mc Deus Mussa commended the fire brigade for the quick response.
He called on well wishers to provide financial assistance to the affected vendors so that they get back to their feet.
One of the affected vendors Tonny Kawerama who was running a hardware business said he has lost property worth K2 million ($2 653).
“I have lost everything. I am so worried about my children’s future, where will I get school fees how will I feed them. I really do not know what to do,” said Kawerama.
Last year alone about K14 billion ($18.7 million) was lost due to fires that gutted mostly markets and companies across the country.