Police Spokesperson Esther Mwaata Katongo says 1901 stores were burnt in the City Market inferno yesterday.

In a statement today, Katongo said the number of those affected was more than the number of stores burnt as some of them were sub divided.

“Going by the council’s allocated shops, 1,901 stores were burnt in the fire that occurred at Lusaka’s City Market yesterday. Some of the shops were sub divided by owners of the shops meaning that there are more people affected than the given number of shops,” stated Katongo.

“We are still quantifying the total value of property damaged in the fire. All the affected shops were on the southern part of the market.”