Port Moresby Chinatown Shops Go Up In Flames

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East Boroko latest business center to suffer fires

By Grace Auka Salmang

PORT MORESBY, Papua New Guinea (PNG Post-Courier, June 4, 2015) – Residents of East Boroko in the nation’s capital stood in despair as long-standing shops at Chinatown went up in flames early yesterday.

Onlookers stood with mobile phones capturing the smoky environment and expressed sadness. Many said Chinatown, as it is known fondly to residents, would not be the same without Jasamire, OK Trading and the Hot Scones Shop which bore the brunt of the fire.

It appeared that the worst affected were these three shops. The shops, built in the 1960s by PNG-born Chinese traders, are opposite the Port Moresby International School and not far from other major schools and the local mini market.

The fire-ravaged shops will affect the nearby residents who frequent them daily to buy their basic needs.

According to residents, the area became smoky about 4am after loud explosions were heard coming from one of the shops.

"Thick smoke blew up from the middle of the stores while the firefighters were trying to control the blaze from the front and back of the shops," one bystander said. Chinatown joins a growing number of businesses, especially in Lae, Morobe Province, destroyed by fire in the past two months.

The Post-Courier contacted the PNG Fire Service yesterday which said it had not established the cause of the fire.

It said it could not provide a formal statement on time because the fire was being investigated and the authority to release this information would come from the top.

Prime Minister Peter O’Neill told Parliament recently that the Govern-ment planned to improve the PNG Fire Service fire-fighting capabilities.

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