Mogadishu (AX) – Residents and shoppers in Mogadishu have begun returning to the Banadir junction in Mogadishu’s Hodan district after a flame burst through a shopping market along Digfer Road.
The fire, which is believed to have been triggered by defective electrical wires in one of the shops, spread wildly to nearby stalls and it took firefighters in the capital several hours to put it out.
There are no reports of injuries, but several firefighters suffered minor injuries after fighting the flame.
Abdiqani Dhalole, emergency director of the Banadir region, said the fire caused damage to some firefighters.
“Some of the firefighters who were busy putting out the fire suffered minor injuries, but these are superficial wounds and we expect them to recover,” said Abdiqani Dhalole.
Hawo Ahmed, one of the traders who owned a stall in the market, said the fire burned through everything and that nothing could be saved.
Banadir’s regional government said it is investigating the cause of the fire and assesses the damage, which could easily run into the millions.
A meeting is expected on Friday in Mogadishu to discuss how to help affected suppliers.
Last month, a major fire broke out in central Hargeisa in a busy market employing more than 12,000 locals. Although there were no casualties in the Waheen Market fire, authorities have estimated the economic impact of the fire at $ 2 billion.