Straw market's temporary structure burns in Nassau

By Gay Nagle Myers

The Bay Street Straw Market in Nassau, Bahamas, suffered a setback last weekend, when a temporary wooden structure housing 36 stalls was leveled by fire.

Police are investigating the fire, which has put up to 70 people out of work, according to the Nassau Guardian.

Plans are under way to construct an $11.3 million structure to replace the old market, which was demolished by flames in 2001.

The new structure is slated to run on solar power during the day and be an open-air facility so that customers can enter the building from all directions. Completion is scheduled for September 2011.

In the meantime, many of the vendors displaced by the recent fire will have to find another venue for their crafts and souvenirs.

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