Enormous fire destroys 200 shops in Mazar-e-Sharif city of Afghanistan

KABUL: (MEP) – According to police officials in northern Balkh province of Afghanistan, at least 200 shops were destroyed after a huge fire swept through two business centers in Mazar-e-Sharif city of northern Balkh province on Friday, khaama reported.

The incident took place around 3pm local time on Friday, in Shahzada and Samangan markets. The main reason behind the incident is not clear, however, shopkeepers are saying that gas cylinder explosion or short circuit could be the main reason behind the incident.

Provincial police chief, Gen. Abdul Razaq Qaderi said 3/4 part of Shahzada market was destroyed, but there were no casualties after Afghan security forces and ISAF helped the local fire department to stop the fire.

This comes as a commercial market caught fire in northern Balkh province of Afghanistan earlier this year. The incident took place in Haji Jawzjani market in Northern Mazar-e-City. At least two people trapped in the fire and one of them died after falling from the building.

Similary, a huge fire razed two markets in Kabul back in December last year and turned over 600 shops to ashes. Two wholesale garment markets named — Rahis and Nasiri — markets caught fire at early morning and the fire was on till next day.

The Afghan ministers’ cabinet meeting chaired by Afghan president Hamid Karzai following the incident last year, decided to enforce mandatory insurance law for all commercial zones in Afghanistan. However, no practical step has been taken in this regard so far.

Afghan finance ministry was also ordered to enforce compulsory insurance for all commercial zones within the next three months after a huge fire swept through a market in downtown Kabul, incurring millions of dollars loss to the local businessmen.

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