By Ibrahim Shuaibu
Fire has razed over 4,000 shops at the popular Sabon Gari market in Kano, leaving property worth billions of naira burnt to ashes.
The fire, which started between 12:00am of Saturday to 11. 39am, was suspected to have been from an electrical fault.
Efforts by the State Fire Service and other private companies’ fire fighters could not save the situation as about 90 per cent of the market was destroyed.
The incident also affected a bank situated within the market and all other stores and shops of the market were burnt.
Smoke clouded Kano horizon as a result of the fire. No life was, however, lost in the outbreak.
Following the unprecedented inferno at Sabon Gari Market, Kano State Commissioner of Environment, Alhaji Ali Bukar Makoda, suspended the environmental sanitation exercise to enable firefighters from neighbouring states provide succour.
An eyewitness, Usman Dakata, told THISDAY that “A lot of our goods were burnt and we have lost a lot”.
Our correspondent observed that shop owners and volunteers thronged the market to assist in stopping the fire from advancing to the remaining shops that were yet to be affected by the massive fire incidence.
Director of the state fire service, Alhaji Mustapha Rilwan confirmed the fire incident.