The people of Yobe State woke to the sad wailing of people who lost all their goods, as an early morning fire razed down over 20 shops loaded with potash at Gashau market in the Bade Local Government Area (LGA) of Yobe State.
Officials of the Yobe State Emergency Management Agency (SEMA) confirmed the sad news while disclosing that the inferno had occurred at about 3:50 am on Saturday morning. They also explained the outcome of an investigation made on the scene.
"Reports from our team in the field observed that over 20 stalls containing different quantities of bags of potash were burned down.
"The incident happened around 3:50 am and affected all the shops overnight.
"Potash is one industry that is key in employment and has been supporting households across Gashua and a key business in Yobe State," SEMA said.
According to the agency, the Governor of Yobe, Mai Mala Buni, has given the agency the full support to investigate and respond as soon as possible. He also offered his condolences to the affected individuals.
Inferno hazards have razed over five commercial places in the last four weeks. Fire incidents are slowly becoming widespread, with the last major incident claiming the lives of many, including a mother and child. The incident occurred at the Ochanja market in Anambra. No lives were claimed in this unfortunate incident.