Contributed by Nkafu Gabriel
A fire incident has completely razed to ashes seven shops at Marchѐ Mboppi in the Douala 1 municipality of the Littoral region of Cameroon.
According to reliable sources, the fire broke out at about 4PM local time on Sunday September 22, 2019. Most of the shops affected are specialized in the sale of plastics, shoes and stationeries. The traders battled on their own to put out the fire before the firefighting brigade arrived later and helped to contain the flames from spreading further.
The cause of the inferno is still to be established. However, most of the vendors at the market think it resulted from an electric circuit. According to them, they recorded continuous on and off electricity supply throughout last week.
The good news is that no human life was lost in the incident but material damage is estimated at hundreds of million FCFA. This is actually the second time a fire incident is razing shops at Marchѐ Mboppi in just a year. Another incident occurred earlier this year and several other fire incidents have been witnessed at that market, considered to be one of the biggest in the entire Central African sub region. Most of these fire incidents have been blamed on repeated power outage. This thus resonates that there is the need for market authorities and the Electricity Company to put in place better measures to ensure that traders, their goods and customers are safe.
In a related story, another fire incident has completely reduced to ashes a five-room plank house. The incident occurred on Saturday September 21 at the Nsam neighborhood in Yaoundé. According to locals, the fire broke out at about 8 Pm and reduced everything in the house to nothing. The flames did not spread any further, thanks to the intervention of the SCDP Fire Fighting Unit.