Oldest shopping mall goes up in flames

Papindo shopping mall and the Bismillah wholesale went up in flames, losing both supermarket and department store goods worth hundreds and thousands of kina.

According to Bismillah security guard, Steven Nori, who was on night duty, the fire started at midnight from Bismillah’s recently built workshop.

Nori said he noticed smoke from inside the workshop and alerted 5 of his other colleagues who were also on duty at the other Bismillah’s chain of shops within the same premises.