The fire trapped the victim in the mall’s basement, where he passed away.
The smoke also caused several faintings among visitors of the mall.
Videos circulating online show black smoke coming out of one of the mall’s entrances and local authorities arriving at the scene to keep pedestrians away from the fire.
Firefighters arrived at the scene five minutes after the fire started.
A witness told Morocco World News that sounds of electrical sparks came from the parking garage below the mall before smoke started rising.
A circuit breaker failure caused the fire, the witness said. At first, people thought the loud sounds they heard were “a bombardment.”
Arribat Center, located in the district of Agdal, is the second largest mall in Morocco, after Casablanca’s Morocco Mall. The shopping center opened two weeks ago, on November 20.
The shopping mall boasts more than 216,000 square meters and cost MAD 2.4 billion to build. It offers a range of facilities to visitors, including stores, offices, a hotel, a conference center, a multi screen cinema, an urban park, and a parking garage.
Arribat Center aims to attract around 10 million visitors per year. It also opened up 7,000 new job opportunities.