Guatemala City fire destroys La Terminal market

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image captionSmoke from the fire in the central market could be seen throughout the day in Guatemala City

A fire has destroyed most of Guatemala City's main market, wiping out more than 1,000 stalls.

Four people have been injured and dozens more were treated for smoke inhalation. The cause of the blaze is still being investigated.

Thousands of traders from all over Guatemala earn their living at the market, known as La Terminal.

Thick smoke columns could be seen from several places in the Guatemalan capital.

The fire began in the early hours of Tuesday and spread quickly, consuming the stalls made mostly of plastic and wood.

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image captionMany market traders joined more than 700 police officers and firefighters in the effort to extinguish the fire
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image captionFirefighters and volunteers worked for more than eight hours to quell the blaze
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image captionLack of water and of the appropriate equipment hampered the work of volunteers
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image captionThe fire began at 03:00 local time (09:00 GMT) and destroyed most of the market

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