Monday August 14, 2023
Beledweyne (HOL) - A massive fire destroyed large parts of the Dervish market in Beledweyne town of Hiiraan region on Sunday night."We did not receive any fire extinguishers; we extinguished the fire using tankers sent by commercial companies and water taken from nearby villages. We have been valiantly combating the fire since morning," stated a resident who participated in the firefighting efforts.
According to local officials, the blaze spread quickly through the market, but the fire did not cause human casualties. However, many low-income people suffered property losses from the fire.
The cause of the market fire remains uncertain, as the local administration started investigations.
Beledweyne, a rapidly developing city housing major corporations, currently lacks a single firefighting resource, including vehicles. In the past, the fires engulfed commercial zones and residential structures in the city.