In Kano State, a major disaster occurred as a fire outbreak destroyed up to 70 temporary shops at the Yan’Katako Market, located in the Rijayar Lemo area of the state. This was revealed by the Kano State Fire Service.
The Spokesman of the State Fire Service, Alhaji Saidu Mohammed, confirmed the incident to newsmen in Kano on Thursday.
The spokesman revealed that 30 of the shops were completely razed down while the remaining 40 were slightly burnt. “We received a distress call in the early hours of Thursday at about 03:45 a.m 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 about 03:52 a.m 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 occurrences.
Mohammed also advised the people to keep fire buckets, blankets and extinguishers close to enable them curtail any fire outbreak before calling on the fire service. Mohammed said the cause of the fire is being investigated.
It will be recalled that the Kano State Fire Service on Wednesday onfirmed a fire outbreak that destroyed an upper section of a female hostel at the Kano University of Science and Technology, Wudil.
Confirming the fire outbreak to THISDAY Wednesday, the Deputy Head of Information, Publications and Public Relations Unit of the University, Mr Abdullahi Datti, said that the incident occurred Tuesday night.
He said the incident occurred around 9.30 pm and lasted for about two hours, destroying some part of the hostel.
He linked the inferno to suspected electrical fault following the restoration of full current of electricity to the university.
According to Datti, the school’s management swiftly alerted some relevant agencies including the Fire Services at federal and state levels who in turn provided a swift response to put out the fire.
Datti, who could not ascertain the level of damage as at the time of filing this report, noted that there was no casualty recorded considering the fact that the students were at home due to the ongoing Academic Staff Union of Universities’ (ASUU) nationwide strike.
(NAN/ This Day /Punch/ Vanguard)
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