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Cameroon – Kousseri: Chadian firefighters come to the rescue of Kousseri Market!

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Written by Deckson N.

Arrived from Ndjamena, the Chadian capital, they helped to put off the flames.

A fire of unknown origin broke out on Monday, May 23, 2016 at night in the big market of Kousseri in Logon and Chari division in the Far North. According to witnesses who lived through the drama, the flames devastated “dozens of shops.” According to traders contacted, the first flame came out of a shop selling traditional clothes and other items, next to the Shed H of the market, before spreading to other shops, causing enormous damage.

Because of lack of water in the tanks, the Kousseri firefighters were unable to intervene. Residents and traders were mobilized to extinguish the fire at a higher speed, ravaging everything in its path.

The Kousseri authorities then requested the assistance of firefighters from Ndjamena, the Chadian capital, located a stone’s throw from the capital of the Logone and Chari division. Arrived at the scene at around 9:00 PM, the Chadian fire men controlled the situation. It’s finally around 10:00 PM that the fire was fully tamed.

The town of Kousseri has a large market that does not easily escape fires. In January 2004, a major fire in the Annex of the Kousseri central market had stricken nearly 200 merchants. If it was not even the speedy response of firefighters from Ndjamena, the whole market would’ve been aflame. In 2015, a similar fire had devastated the market B of Kousseri.

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Flames in the Kousseri Market

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