September 7, 2001
The Straw Market, one of Nassau’s major tourist attractions, has been
destroyed by fire and the Bahamas government has declared the site a
national disaster. The market, located in the heart of Nassau’s shopping
district, was a bustling place where Bahamians sold mostly tourist
trinkets and souvenir gear. Cause of the fire is suspected to be arson and a
handful of other buildings lining Bay Street were also damaged. However,
there were no fatalities or injuries.