Fire razes market in Kaduna, kills one

Fire razes market in Kaduna, kills one

Mfonobong Akpan

One person has been confirmed dead after the early morning fire that razed over 500 shops at the Station Market in Kaduna South Local Government Area of the state on Tuesday.

The News Agency of Nigeria gathered that the fire which stated at about 1am lasted till about 5am before it was put out.

Although the extent of the damage done has yet to be fully ascertained, it is believed to have destroyed food items and property running into millions of naira.

The market, which is made up of make-shift shops, is known for the sale of food stuff, among other items.

Shop owners and their families were seen in distress, some wailing uncontrollably due to the magnitude of their losses.

Ibrahim Musa, Chairman of the market traders association, said more than N200 million worth of goods were lost to the inferno.

“The fire started from an electricity spark from one of the containers and we heard explosions which started the fire.”

Musa said that the association had started compiling list of those affected by the fire.

Danladi Rabiu, Head of the market security, said although fighters from the state office and Nigerian Breweries responded early to the distress call sent to them, their efforts was minimal in containing the fire outbreak.

“Men of the state fire service came on time but they were unable to put out the fire as their truck developed fault and we had to use buckets to put off the fire.

An official of the state fire service acknowledged that their vehicle broke down in spite of responding to the emergency in good time.


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