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.
Likewise, it will be recalled that some lockup shops where upholstery fabrics are sold on Jubilee Road, Aba, Abia State, also gutted by fire.It was learnt that the fire, which affected about 12 shops loaded with upholstery fabrics, The affected traders claimed that the fire destroyed goods estimated at N1bn.
One of the affected shop owners, Ichie Okekeuche, said the damage could have been more if not for the prompt intervention of men of the Abia State Fire Service.Okekeuche said, “The owner of one of the shops affected has gone to his hometown in Anambra State to bury his father. Some hoodlums also took advantage of our unfortunate situation to loot some of the goods that we tried to save during the incident.”He appealed to the state and Federal Government to come to their aid, stressing that many of them had lost their lifetime investment to the inferno.The Principal Fire Officer, Abia State Fire Service, Mr. Okezie Uche, however, said property damaged could not be more that N10m. He said Nigerians must learn to switch off every electrical appliance whenever they were going out.
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