Haiti - FLASH : The Iron Market ravaged by a fire
No accurate record of losses for merchants who tried Tuesday to save some of their goods, but the losses are considerable. Firefighters and citizens were still working Tuesday at midday to extinguish the disaster. Grouped on the sidewalk, the shopkeepers in tears and shock who had lost everything worried about their future.
According to local residents, it was a pile of garbage that was burned on a vacant lot near the market, would have spread and cause the destruction of the historic market.
President Moïse was shocked to hear the news and immediately spoke with Prime Minister Lafontant in order to bring compassion, comfort and assistance from the Government to those affected.
He urged people to remain calm in this ordeal and the merchants affected to remain confident in the government's quick response.
An inter-ministerial commission has been set up to take appropriate measures to shed light on this tragedy and also to make the iron market operational again as soon as possible.
"The news of the Iron Market fire [...] saddens me a lot. I think of all those who have lost their livelihoods. Police authorities are already working to shed light on this tragedy," declared the Head of State.
Immediately informed of the incident, Mayor Youri Chevry , accompanied by several teams from the Port-au-Prince Municipal Administration, were at work alongside members of the Port-au-Prince fire department, National Police officers and local residents in order to circumscribe the incident.
While lamenting this new tragedy that will affect many traders, the Administration Communale Port-au-Prince urges the police and judicial authorities to conduct an investigation around this fire to determine the cause and thank the Town Halls of Carrefour, Delmas, Pétion Ville and the National Port Authority (APN) who came in reinforcements to stop the spread of this major fire.
The Town Hall of Port-au-Prince expresses its sympathies to the victims, while giving them the assurance that it will remain united with them at these difficult times and that it will do everything possible to accompany them once the extent of damage will have been evaluated.
Learn more about the Iron Market :
Built at the end of the 19th century, during the reign of President Florvil Hyppolite, the metal parts made in Paris, which formed its backbone, gave the Hyppolite Market its nickname of the Iron Market. First ravaged by a fire in 2008, then destroyed again by the 2010 earthquake, it was rebuilt identically in 2011 http://www.haitilibre.com/article-1871-haiti-patrimoine-marche-hyppolite-a-35-jours-de-sa-reouverture.html (in french) , under the supervision of the National Heritage Safeguard Institute (ISPAN) with $ 18 million in funding from the Digicel telephone company to be inaugurated on January 12, 2011 and has since become a tourist attraction again.
See also :
http://www.haitilibre.com/article-1871-haiti-patrimoine-marche-hyppolite-a-35-jours-de-sa-reouverture.html (in french)
http://www.haitilibre.com/article-1693-haiti-patrimoine-marche-hyppolite-l-echeance-du-12-janvier-2011-tient-toujours.html (in french)
http://www.haitilibre.com/article-1405-haiti-patrimoine-le-marche-hyppolite-etape-decisive.html (in french)
http://www.haitilibre.com/article-323-haiti-culture-restauration-du-marche-hyppolite.html (in french)