The Kano State Fire Service says fire has destroyed four temporary shops at Kasuwar Mariri (‘Yan Itace) Market in Dawakin Local Government area in Kano.
The Spokesman for the State Fire Service, Alhaji Saidu Mohammed, told the News Agency of Nigeria in Kano on Thursday that the four shops were razed down completely.
“We received a distress call in early hours of Thursday morning at about 02:38am from one Ismail Mohammed 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 about 02.45 a.m to quench the fire so as not to affect other shops,“ he said.
He said that the cause of the fire was still under investigation.
In a related development, Mohammed disclosed that at about 10:35am also on Thursday, two rooms also got burnt in a house along Onitsha Road in Sabon Gari, while two other rooms were slightly affected.
He advised traders at the market and other residents to be more careful and to desist from using instruments that could trigger fire incidents in their neighbourhoods.
Mohammed also advised the people to keep fire buckets, blankets and extinguishers that would enable them curtail the fire before calling on the fire service.
On the 29th of June 2018 more than 50 vehicles, including five buses, were set ablaze after the truck lost control and spilled its contents on a busy motorway during rush hour.
The tanker is said to have crashed after its brakes failed.
Fuel explosions are common in Nigeria, Africa’s biggest oil producer. Petrol is transported via badly maintained roads and vehicles.
The incident on Thursday occurred at about 17:30 local time (16:30 GMT) on the Lagos-Ibadan expressway, one of the main motorways into the city.
A representative from the Federal Road Safety Corp (FRSC) told the BBC that the tanker had lost control as it approached a bridge, and ended up falling on its side.
Petrol then began pouring from the tanker and a fire erupted. The blaze quickly spread from vehicle to vehicle.
Images later showed black smoke rising from the road and the shells of several burnt-out cars.
Nigeria’s President Muhammadu Buhari said he was “very sad to learn of the tragic loss of lives”.
“Sadly, this seems to be one of the greatest tragedies we have seen in recent times,” he said in a statement.
Government spokesman Kehinde Bamigbetan said it was time “to find ways of ensuring that tankers are driven by drivers who have more responsibility”.
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