Traders are counting their losses after a fire broke out at Kano’s Kouruni market. Kano State Fire Department spokesman, Saminu Abdullahi, confirmed the incident in a statement on Wednesday.
Upon arrival, they said they found about six permanent and 74 temporary stores engulfed in flames. They also found an area of about 160 feet by 100 feet which was used for market stalls burning.
Around 5:23 am, Aliyu Alkasim said he received an emergency call about the issue.
“Today, Wednesday, March 1, 2023, our control room received an emergency call at about 5.23 am from one Aliyu Alkasim. He reported an outbreak of fire at Kurmi Market Kano Municipal Area,” he said.
Abdullahi added that immediately after receiving the report, the service mobilised its men to the scene.
“We turned out our men from various fire stations within the metropolitan and they arrived at the scene of the incident, around 5:27am,” he added.
He said the service successfully saved many shops within the market area and no injury was recorded while no life was lost. However, the cause of the incident was still under investigation.
Abdullahi urged members of the public to always switch off all electrical appliances and disconnect from the source when not in use and avoid careless use of naked fire in the market.