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Massive Fire Engulfs Honduran Market


A firefighter untangles a hose during a blaze at the a street market in Tegucigalpa, Honduras, Saturday Feb. 18, 2012.

A firefighter untangles a hose during a blaze at the a street market in Tegucigalpa, Honduras, Saturday Feb. 18, 2012.

Honduran authorities say a massive fire has consumed a market in the capital.

Officials say hundreds of vendor stalls were destroyed in the blaze that started Saturday afternoon in Tegucigalpa. No deaths have been reported.

One local business owner said the fire spread quickly.

"It was like a bomb, the fire was almost over all of us. It was when we were opened to start selling, at about noon or so. It ignited and it quickly spread, that's what happens here when it happens. The flames sweep everything away."

Last week, a fire swept through a prison in the Honduran town of Comayagua, north of the capital. More than 350 inmates were killed.

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