Another destructive fire has wreaked havoc in a market in the North West Kano State as many shops were affected in the incident.
The Kano State Fire Service said fire has destroyed 70 temporary shops at Yan’Katako Market in Rijayar Lemo area of Kano, The Punch reports.
The Spokesman of the State Fire Service, Alhaji Saidu Mohammed confirmed the incident to the News Agency of Nigeria in Kano on Thursday.
The spokesman said 30 of the shops were completely razed down while 40 were slightly burnt. “We received a distress call in the early hours of Thursday at about 03:45am from one Bashir Suleiman that there was fire outbreak at the market. On receiving the information, we quickly sent some of our personnel and fire fighting vehicles to the scene of the incident at around 03:52am to quench the fire so as not to affect other shops,“ he said.
He advised traders at the market and other residents to be more careful and desist from using instruments capable of triggering fire as a way of guarding against future occurrence.
Mohammed also advised the people to keep fire buckets, blankets and extinguishers that would enable them to curtail any fire outbreak before calling on the fire service. Mohammed said the cause of the fire is being investigated.
Recall that some residents of Burma Road, in the Sabon Gari area of Kano State, had been displaced after fire gutted their homes earlier in previous years.
According to the witness, the smoke started moments after the Kano Electricity Distribution Company restored power to the area.
He said, “The owner of the room from where the fire started, Mr. Robinson Ayor, was away for church service. The room was locked, so people attempted to break the door open. They could not because of the burglar-proof bars.”
Moments after, the fire was said to have spread to other rooms, which were in clusters, destroying property. Some sympathisers reportedly alerted firefighters from the Kano State Fire Service.
However, before the firemen could arrive, the fire was said to have wreaked havoc, as many people could not salvage any of their property.
Some policemen later arrived at the scene to stop hoodlums from taking advantage of the situation.
As of the time of filing this report, all victims of the fire incident had returned home from church and started making arrangements to relocate, as all the rooms in the building were destroyed.
The spokesperson for the Kano State Police Command, DSP Musa Majiya, confirmed the incident, adding that investigations had started to ascertain what caused the fire.
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