Tongues of flames burned for more than four hours before they were eventually doused by firefighters, leaving a wide area of smoldering wreckage in the market.
The private Radio Futur Media (RFM), did not specify the cause of the fire.
Firefighters using 19 vehicles managed to extinguish the flames after battling it for seven hours, RFM reported, putting the damage to an estimated millions of CFA.
The extent of the damage could be gleaned from the traders who had stocked their shops ahead of next Tuesday’s Eid El Kebir festival.
The latest disaster in the Thiaroye market located in a Dakar suburb,comes three days after another huge fire destroyed a market in the south of the country.
Almost all shops and stores in a market in Ziguinchor were burnt down by an inferno whose cause remains unknown, according to the local press reports.
Prime Minister, Mahammad Boun Abdallah Dionne, who visited the destroyed market in Ziguinchor on Monday to assess the extent of the damage promised to rebuild the facility into a «modern sub-regional market that complies with safety standards.”