Shortly after getting news of the incident which broke out on the nightfall of Fiday, March 15, the Governor of the Littoral Region, Samuel Dieudonne Ivaha Dibuoua, the Government Delegate to the Douala City Council Fritz Ntone Ntone and the Prefect for Wouri Joseph Betrand Mache Njouonwet went to the scene to evaluate the situation.
Fire-fighters from across the city were deployed to the market but the fire had caused significant damages before they got to the scene. Inhabitants of the Marche Congo neighbourhood including traders, who had retired for the day, rushed to the market after getting news of the fire, stood by and watched their shop go down in flames as the fire-fighters struggled with the flames.
“A portion of this market was burnt weeks ago and today the remaining portion caught fire. Alongside the Government Delegate, we had taken measures to rebuild this section of the market and that is what we will do in the days ahead. Government is trying hard to seek for a lasting solution in this market and we are going to relocate the traders while waiting that the market is completely built” said the Governor of the Littoral region Samuel Dieudonné Ivaha Diboua.
While the population has blamed faulty and random electrical connections, the cause of the fire is yet to be determined and the extent of the damage caused by the fire is uncertain.
The government officials called on the population to remain calm while the competent authorities seek a solution.
This is the 6th fire outbreak destroying portions of markets in Cameroon in three weeks.
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