A two-hour long horrendous fire ravaged half of a small local market, commonly known as Abware, on Tuesday, December 20 at around 3:00 AM in the morning. The fire glazed through the small huts and shops until 5:00 AM destroying half of the market that was over half a century old. The Addis Ababa Fire and Emergency Unit reached the spot 30 minutes later.
During the fire an electric transformer exploded and fueled up the fire. The cause of the accident was not identified but people at the spot indicated that a fire broke out in one of the shops due to a gas leak.
Police and fire fighters confirmed that there was no human casualty by what they said was a terrible fire accident. Damage on property was not known but it was confirmed that over half of the area is burned down to ashes.
The Addis Ababa Police Commission and Federal Police were present in large numbers and cordoned off the area to protect the shops from looters. The fire fighters said that they used close to 50,000 litres of water to put out the fire.