Kamuzu Road Market in Salima was burnt down by a fire that started late on Monday.
According to a witness, the fire which was first spotted at 11.54pm resulted in extensive damage to the interior of the market.
In an interview on the incident, Salima Police Station spokesperson Gift Chitowe confirmed the accident, but could not give more details as he said investigations were still in progress.
He said: “We are yet to tell the nation what caused the fire but investigations are underway to determine the cause and how much property was lost.”
Another witness who sells bananas in the market told The Nation people tried their best to put out the flame, but were hindered by lack of adequate equipment.
Government has been under fire to put in place measures to address the problem of fires, especially in public places such as markets.
In recent months, a number of major markets across the country have been gutted by fire that has destroyed property worth millions of kwacha.