Fire has burnt down Kasungu Market, especially the section near the bus station, destroying items worth millions of kwacha. The fire is said to have started at around 10pm on Friday.
Reports say the fierce fire could not be contained because the night was windy. Several shops, from those that sell hardware items to those selling cosmetics, butchers and restaurants inside the main market have been reduced to ashes.
Kasungu Municipal Council public relations officer Martin Kadyakapita, who ruled out arson, said the fire engine they have could not save the situation because it is not in working order.
He also said they are yet to establish the cause of the fire but unconfirmed reports suggest that it started from an electrical fault in one of the shops.
Kasungu Police spokesperson Edwin Kaunda also said it is too early to establish the cause of the fire.
He said: “We rushed to the scene to help to rescue people’s property, but at the moment we cannot say anything until we do some investigations.”
The fire comes barely two weeks after another part of the same market was destroyed by a blaze.