Bystanders look on at Marché 2000 in the Delmas neighborood after fire spread through the structure on Monday, June 12. By Juhakenson Blaise for The Haitian Times

Port-au-Prince–A fire Monday ravaged a Delmas 29 clothing market called Marché 2000, destroying 153 shops that eyewitnesses said might not have perished if firefighters had responded quickly.

The blaze erupted around 5 a.m. on June 12. The facility’s owner told local news that when he first called the fire department, only two shops were on fire. Unable to reach the commissioner of Delmas and the fire department, he went to their headquarters to report the situation.

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Murdith Joseph is a social worker and journalist. She studied at the State University of Haiti and Maurice Communication. She first worked as a journalist presenter and reporter for Radio Sans Fin (RSF) then as a journalist reporter for Radio tele pacific and writting for the daily Le National. Today she joined the Haitian Times team and covers the news in Port-Au-Prince-Haiti.