Fire destroys hundreds of shops in Kabul

KABUL: Residents of the capital were grappling with the aftermath of a massive fire that destroyed hundreds of stores overnight at a market in central Kabul, incinerating businesses and leaving an apocalyptic scene of disaster in its wake.
No casualties were reported but the loss was estimated in the millions of dollars.
Firefighters were struggling, pouring water over smoldering flames in daylight on Friday, more than 13 hours after the blaze started at the city’s largest market for electronic goods and home appliances.
What started as an apparent electrical fire began shortly after 6pm on Thursday, when stores were closed for the night.
The blaze roared through shop after shop before firefighters were able to contain it. They struggled with an erratic supply of water, drawn from water lines with very little pressure, as convoys of water trucks were brought in.
Investigators were trying to determine where the fire began as well as what had caused it.
Hundreds of other store owners scrambled to save what they could, some carrying large television sets on their backs, others stacking what they found onto wheelbarrows.
Dozens of the storeowners gathered on Friday at the scene said they would demand compensation from the government.
The Kabul Times

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