More details are available from the damage caused by the fire that broke out at around 8 pm last night in Waheen market in the center of Hargeisa, the capital of Somaliland.
The fire reportedly caused severe damage of millions of dollars and destroyed the 5km market.
Efforts are also underway to extinguish the blaze, which has now been largely extinguished.
Hargeisa Mayor Abdikarin Ahmed Mooge, speaking in front of the damages, announced that his town’s property had been destroyed.
No casualties have been reported so far, except for property burned.
Basho Bushaaro, a market trader, told reporters that he had seen burned down 10 businesses in the market and lost $ 400,000.
“I live in Waheen Bacdlaha market in Hargeisa. I have lived there for 20 years and 10 businesses have burned down. My business was decorating houses and everything has burned down,” said businessman Basho Bushaaro.
He added: “Your nation is destitute in the market. The situation of the nation tonight is terrible.
Somaliland officials said the fire could not be contained immediately due to a lack of access to the site, which led to the blaze engulfing the market and causing the situation to deteriorate.
However, the cause of the fire is not known, although reports say that the fire first started in a house in the market which later spread all over Waheen market.