In a devastating blow to the heart of Acapulco's bustling market scene, a ferocious fire ripped through the central market, reducing over 400 stores to ashes. The alarm bells rang around 1:30 a.m. on Monday, jolting everyone from their slumber. Firefighters, Civil Protection personnel, soldiers of the Mexican Army, the National Guard, and even naval officers rushed to the scene to wage war against the relentless blaze. It was a battle that lasted for over four grueling hours, but in the end, they managed to douse the flames.
As the fiery demon raged on, anxious stallholders and owners helplessly watched their livelihoods go up in smoke. Desperate to salvage their belongings, they flocked to the market as early as 3:00 a.m., only to be turned away by stern security forces. To contain the chaos, several streets including Diego Hurtado de Mendoza, Feliciano Radilla, 2 de Agosto, Ignacio Vallarta, Constituyentes Avenue, and both directions of the Vía Rápida were closed off to traffic.