Male’ City Council has decided to not permit the secondhand auction shop ‘Neelan Fihaara’ to re-open at the site of the fire incident in Male’ City.
It took authorities three hours to quell the fire on January 9 and the auction shop burned down completely during the incident. The shop had a large number of wood and furniture for sale. The nearby accommodation block of the Male’ City Council had also burned down and 202 workers have been transferred to a temporary shelter.
At a council meeting, the Mayor of Male’ City Dr. Mohamed Muizzu said that allowing the auction shop to re-open at the site is not an option and that an area can be allocated at the industrial village in Male’ or Hulhumale’. He noted the importance of having second-hand markets for residents to cheaply purchase products and said those places should be easily within reach.