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Fire guts old market in Sokoto

19 The Sokoto Fire Service has confirmed a fire outbreak which gutted part of the old market in Sokoto which destroyed about 20 shops.


Mr Mustapha Abubakar, the Head of Operations in Sokoto Fire Service, told the Nigeria News Agency on Tuesday that the inferno started at about 11:00 p.m on Monday and lasted till about 2:00 a.m on Tuesday.

Abubakar said that the affected shops included those belonging to those selling cosmetics and cloths, adding that officials were at the scene investigating the cause of incident and the damages.

He said that accurate report would be issued on the incident.

Abubakar said that fire fighters made efforts to end the inferno throughout the night.

He commended members of the traders union and sister agencies for the support and prayed against recurrence.

The operation officer warned members of the public against reporting fire incidents late.

He also warned against blocking the movement of fire fighting engines during incidents.

Abubakar advised that people should not engage a fire before informing the agency, noting that the situation usually led to fire escalation before arrival of fire fighters.

NAN reports that traders besieged the affected site, counting their losses and assisting victims on temporary arrangements to re-settle.

None  of the traders responded to press inquiries as remnants were  being evacuated.

Edited by: Chinyere Bassey/Tajudeen Atitebi

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