Blaze destroys much of historic market in Haitian capital

February 13, 2018

A boy jumps over debris outside the Iron Market, also known as Marche Hyppolite, in the aftermath of a massive fire that swept through a section of the popular marketplace, in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, Tuesday, Feb. 13, 2018. Police said Tuesday they are still trying to determine the cause of late-night blaze that ravaged the principal market, and said they were not aware of any deaths or injuries. (AP Photo/Dieu Nalio Chery)

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (AP) — A late-night blaze ravaged the principal market in Haiti’s capital even as the streets nearby were crowded with Carnival celebrants.

Police said Tuesday that they were still trying to determine the cause of the blaze at the Iron Market. They said there were no reports of any deaths or injuries.

The historic downtown structure houses hundreds of market stalls and has been a landmark since it opened in 1891.

It also suffered a devastating fire in 2008 and was nearly destroyed in the 2010 earthquake. But it was rebuilt and reinaugurated in 2011.

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