Another fire sweeps through market in Haiti’s capital

February 19, 2018
Firefighters work to extinguish a massive fire at the biggest clothing market in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, Sunday, Feb. 18, 2018. The entire market, which was closed, was affected where at least 1,000 vendors work. (AP Photo/Dieu Nalio Chery)

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (AP) — A fire swept through a large clothing market in Haiti’s capital on Sunday, days after another blaze destroyed a large part of the main market in Port-au-Prince.

Emergency crews told RTVC television the fire started in the early morning in what is known as the old customs market, where hundreds of vendors normally work. The market was closed Sunday and there were no reports of deaths.

Vendors rushed to the market to try to save their merchandise but many were blocked by armed security guards.

Firefighters put out the flames and the cause of the fire was still not known.

It was the third fire to rip through the old customs market in less than a decade. It was previously burned down in April 2010, and again in December 2012.

Sunday’s fire came less than a week after fire destroyed a large part of Port-au-Prince’s emblematic Mercado de Hierro market, which is considered part of Haiti’s cultural patrimony.

President Jovenel Moise had said there would be an investigation into that fire but so for no report has been released.

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An armed security guard blocks people from entering the biggest clothing market, unable to distinguish vendors from potential looters, while a fire rages in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, Sunday, Feb. 18, 2018. The entire market, where at least 1,000 vendors work and was closed on Sunday, was destroyed in the blaze. (AP Photo/Dieu Nalio Chery)