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Intense fire consumes large part of Central de Abastos Oaxaca market

Oaxaca, Oaxaca — More than 100 people were affected by a massive fire that occurred in a popular central market in the city of Oaxaca.

The fire broke out Wednesday night at Central de Abastos Oaxaca. The director of the Cuerpo de Bomberos, Manuel Maza Sánchez, noted that it took hours to control flames and added that no human injuries were reported.

He reported that the fire began around 9:00 pm in the handicrafts area where textiles and various products made from reed and other flammable materials ignited. Firefighters as well as Municipal Civil Protection and other rescue bodies were on site to fight the quickly spreading flames.

He said that elements from the Ministry of National Defense, Civil Protection, Public Security of Oaxaca and firefighters from the municipalities of Santa Cruz Xoxocotlán, Tlalixtac de Cabrera and San Jacinto Amilpas arrived to help battle the blaze.

The massive fire could been seen for kilometres

Staff from the Federal Electricity Commission came to cut power while authorities extinguished the fire, which took nearly three hours. The Central de Abasto market is the largest of its kind in the city. Information on how much of the market has been damaged has not yet been released.

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