Blaze destroys much of historic market in Haitian capital

A vendor talks on a phone as he stands in a section of the Iron Market, also known as Marche Hyppolite, in the aftermath of a massive fire, in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, Tuesday Feb. 13, 2018. The popular marketplace was reconstructed in 2011 after it was damaged by the 2010 earthquake and razed by a fire days later. (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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