Merkato blazing


June 05, 2015

A fire broke out this afternoon in Ethiopia’s largest open market, Merkato, Addis Abeba. The fire started from a particular shopping area in Merkato known as Shera Tera. Until this report was posted the fire has not been contained and is spreading to adjacent parts of the market.

The cause has not been established. Fire fighters are attempting to contain the fire.

We have aggregated photos from various social media sources.

More to come…


Picture: Twitter sources 

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Picture: Twitter updates 

Merkato often suffered from fires due to its congested and crowded buildings. In October 2012, 40 shops around the same area in Min Alesh Tera were destroyed by fire. In October 2014 another area in Merkato, often known as Bombtera also sustained a major fire accident.