Gabon fire de­stroys 400 shops at mar­ket

Weekend Argus (Saturday Edition) - - NEWS -

LIBREVILLE: A ma­jor fire that started overnight has de­stroyed about 400 shops and stalls in the main mar­ket of Gabon’s cap­i­tal and fire­fight­ers were still strug­gling to douse it yes­ter­day.

“I’ve lost ev­ery­thing. I don’t know how I’m go­ing to eat tonight,” said shop­keeper Sam­bou Bous­sougou.

“The fire broke out at around 3am,” said Bachir Ahmed, the owner of a two­s­torey build­ing that was com­pletely burnt out. “We don’t know what the cause was.”

Fire­fight­ers were swift to ar­rive, wit­nesses said, but the ab­sence of fire hy­drants and the nar­row streets made their work all the harder.

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