Huge fire consumes more than 500 shops in Guatemalan capital

Guatemala City, March 26 (IANS/EFE): No one was hurt, but more than 500 local shops were destroyed Tuesday when a fire swept through the main market in the Guatemalan capital, La Terminal, authorities said.

Huge fire consumes more than 500 shops in Guatemalan capital

English: The Fire Dept of Cadomin. Many forest...

English: The Fire Dept of Cadomin. Many forest fires in the area are dispatched from this location and many of the Hamlet’s residents have been volunteer firefighters. July 2011 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The blaze, which firefighters were still fighting at 6:40 a.m., broke out for unknown reasons around 2:30 a.m. at a spot known as “La Tomatera.”

The fact that many of the shops in La Terminal were constructed of wood and plastic made it extremely difficult for firefighters to put out the blaze and allowed it to spread rapidly, the spokesman for the Volunteer Firefighters, Mario Cruz, told reporters.

Columns of smoke from the fire could be seen from all over the Guatemalan capital.

La Terminal is the city’s main market where hundreds of vendors from all over the country come to sell their wares. [EFE]