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Many lost property and investment in the huge fire that ripped through a paint factory in the Ivorian capital of Abidjan on Wednesday. The fire caused multiple explosions, destroyed other businesses and left two people hospitalised.
An employee of the factory was severely burnt while a firefighter was choked by gas fumes. The fire sent a thick smoke covering the skyline of the industrial area.
Police sources say a number people suffered varying degrees of injuries in the fire at the Drocolor paint factory in the Ivorian capital.
Dozens of firefighters tackled the blaze, which spread to the nearby businesses and destroyed their wares.
Shop owners tried on their own to salvage their wares without much success.
“The fire started around 08:00, 09:00 – there were flames, then about a dozen explosions. Then the fire spread very quickly,” a businessman told AFP.
“The fire was impossible to stop. The firemen can’t do anything, they don’t have the means,” an eyewitness told AFP.
The blaze was brought under control at around midday and security forces took over the area to prevent looting of wares.
“They warned me there was a fire. But by the time I arrived it was too late – I’ve lost everything. The shop, my stock, the armchairs I was repairing,” a victim who lost everything said.