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Fresh Fire Hits Kano Market

Kano Market Fire
Posted: Mar 27, 2016 at 2:28 pm   /   by   /   comments (0)

Two major markets in the north –Abubakar Rimi Market, Kano and Birnin Kebbi Central market- were razed in separate incidents yesterday, leaving shop owners with losses running into billions of naira.

It was the second fire tragedy in three months at the Rimi market. The first one last December affected mainly the furniture section.

Yesterday’s was however, more widespread and devastating. No fewer than 6,000 shops including make shift stalls were wiped out by yesterday’s fire which raged for about 12 hours.

It also spread to the nearby branch of First Bank where documents were burnt.

It could not be immediately ascertained whether cash was affected.

Sources said the fire appeared to have resulted from an electric spark in a patent medicine store close to the Hamza Abdullahi gate of the market complex at about 12.25am yesterday, destroying goods and cash.

One of the shop owners, Ugochukwu Okorom, said: “When I heard about the fire, I rushed to the market because my house is very close. I got here at about 5 am and one of my neighbours called me on phone. The security guards told me that the fire started about 12: 25 am.

”However, I could not salvage anything. I am a medicine dealer. I lost over N20 million drugs.”

Fire fighters battled to put out the fire while the police, assisted by personnel of the Security and Civil Defence Corps and Hisbah cordoned off the area to prevent hoodlums from taking advantage of the chaotic situation to pilfer goods.