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Fire razes ten shops at Custom market

By: Bullen Bala Alexander

At least ten shops have been razed to ashes at Custom market on Wednesday.

Speaking to Juba Monitor, Police Spokesperson Maj. General Daniel Justin said the incident happened at around 7:00pm.

He said the cause of the fire was not clear as they were still investigating it.

“The police are still investigating and if police are done with it, then they will let the public know about it,” he said.

He said eight people were injured as a result of the fire incident.

“In the process of trying to put off the fire, there were eight people who got injured and most of them are the owners of the shops,” he said.

He said the injuries were minor as none of them has been admitted in the hospital though they are getting some treatment in some places.

He urged shopkeepers to be careful whenever they are closing their shops saying especially places like custom market where most of the shops are made of iron sheets.

Felix Data, a seller in one of the shops who got burnt said the incident happened at 7:00pm after they had closed the shops.

“We closed our shops at 6:00pm after that, I went home and reaching home at around 8:00pm, I got a call from my colleagues that our shops got burnt and I do not know what happened exactly and where the fire came from,” Data narrated.

However Data was unable to estimate the damage caused by the fire in terms of money.

“What I know it is a lot of money if the owners will combine all together because these goods have different prices so it is hard for someone like me who is just a seller,” he said.

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