The Director General of National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) Alhaji Muhammad Sani Sidi, has revealed that an interim assessment of Saturday’s fire incident at the Sabon Gari Market, Kano left at least 3,800 shops destroyed.
At the scene of the incident in Kano, Sani-Sidi, told newsmen that more than 90 per cent of the market had been destroyed by the fire, more than 3, 800 shops and quite a number of buildings were razed by the inferno.
Also, according to Sani-Sidi, no fewer than 15 persons sustained various degrees of injury during the incident.
He said that the injured were already receiving treatment at the hospitals, adding that the agency was working closely with the state government to ensure that the victims received proper treatment at the hospital.
The NEMA Boss who described the incident as unprecedented and overwhelming and which can negatively affect the economy of the country, said that assessment was still ongoing and the state government has mobilized over 100 trucks to clear the rubble.
The fire at the popular Sabon Gari market on Saturday, reportedly began by midnight and was suspected to have been from an electrical fault.
The Inferno had thick smoke plumes engulf the entire market and shops, including banks situated within the market, also burnt down.
Witnesses at the incident said it started around the Sani Abacha Mosque where books and other items are sold, before spreading to Gidan Magge.
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.
Fire Service personnel initially found it difficult to access the market because of the large number of shop owners and suspected hoodlums working to either salvage or loot goods.
Thankfully however, no life was, lost in the outbreak, though so many people sustained injuries.
The Sabon Gari Market fire is coming less than three months after fire gutted the Singer Food market also in Kano, destroying goods and shops.