Fire razes Kano market, destroys goods

•Buhari condoles with traders

From Desmond Mgboh, Kano and Juliana Taiwo-Obalonye, Abuja

Goods worth several millions of Naira were onThursday, destroyed following an early morning inferno that gutted the famous Singa Market in the ancient city of Kano State.

The inferno, which was first noticed along Murtala Section of the market, destroyed cartoons of different food items such as rice and Indomie , including assorted types of detergents and jellies, among others.

The market, which started burning in the early hours of the day, destroyed hundreds of shops of different nature, including some warehouses in the market.

Daily Sun observed that the traders – owners of the goods were devastated by the tragedy and were seen in very desperate condition as the fire razed the market.

Apart from the officers of the Fire Service who were seen battling the early morning fire , some private individuals and volunteers donated quench the fire.

Kano State Director of Fire Service, Alhaji Balarabe Kabara, told Daily Sun that: “We are yet to ascertain the actual number of shops destroyed by the fire”

He explained that the fire started at about 6; 00 a. m adding that preliminary investigation indicated that the fire was started by a tea seller…”

He added that his men have commenced investigation into the fire adding that he was in the ministry to brief the appropriate authorities on the incident.

It could be recalled that Kano State has witnessed several high profile fire incidents in the recent times.

Meanwhile, President Muhammadu Buhari has said he is deeply saddened by the destruction of valuable goods and properties in the inferno that engulfed the market.

The president assured those who suffered losses from the fire incident that the Federal Government will do all within its powers to support efforts of the Kano State government to ameliorate their plight.

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