Few hours after fire razed Birnin Kebbi Central market, the Abubakar Rimi Market, was razed leaving shop owners with losses running into billions of naira.
According to a report by Daily Independent Newspaper, the inferno that razed the market was the second in three months, the first one last December affected mainly the furniture section.
It was further reported that no fewer than 6,000 shops including make shift stalls were wiped out by yesterday’s fire which raged for about 12 hours.
A nearby branch of First Bank was also affected with several documents burnt.
It was also reported that the fire was ignited after 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.
Fire fighters reportedly 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.