At least thirty shops have been reduced to ashes in the Mboppi Market commonly known as Marche Mboppi in Douala II municipality.
Sources say, the fire incident that began in the late hours of Monday November 11, 2019 consumed shops along blocks 5 and 10 dealing in kitchen utensils, chemical and cosmetic products. “All the shops in the area have been reduced to nothing,” says a source.
The fire fighting unit of the Cameroonian army, arrived after a greater part of the affected section was destroyed in the flames.
Locals and victims say epileptic energy supply, “provoked an electric circuit that spark the fire”, but the the fire fighting unit says the cause is still to be determined.
The governor of the littoral region, Samuel Dieudonne Ivaha Dibious and the SDO for Wouri Benjamin Mboutou were on the scene last night, but are yet to make an official statement.
Victims of the fire are inconsolable.
At press time, fire fighters are digging the rubbles to retrieve valuables.
This is the umpteenth time shops in Mboppi market are destroyed by fire