A fire at Central de Abasto in Mexico City, considered the largest market in the world, left eight wounded and forced the evacuation of more than 200 people, the capital authorities reported on Tuesday.
The Secretary of Citizen Security reports eight people were injured, including two minors, one of whom was transferred to a hospital because he had second-degree burns, the Mexico City Government detailed in a bulletin.
The fire occurred about 2:17 am on Tuesday inside the Central de Abasto, in Iztapalapa, in the east of the Mexican capital.
To stop the fire, it had the support of the Federal Electricity Commission (CFE) for the power cut, as well as the Mexico City Water System and various colonies that make up the metropolitan area of Mexico City.
The Ministry of Comprehensive Risk Management and Civil Protection evacuated around 200 people. Likewise, Petróleos Mexicanos (Pemex) closed a nearby station.
The fire was extinguished at about 5:55 am and work is currently underway to remove debris, according to the capital’s fire department. The scene of the incident was cordoned off by members of the National Guard. Experts from the Mexico City Attorney General’s Office are already working at the scene to investigate the cause of the fire.
The Central de Abasto in Mexico City is considered the largest food market in the world, works 24 hours a day and has 237 hectares.
Despite the coronavirus pandemic, it remains open to the public to guarantee food for the entire city, despite a smaller influx of buyers these days.
Fires in markets in the country’s capital have recently intensified, in December and January alone, five such incidents were recorded.