Kurmi market, the famous and oldest market in Kano metropolis, was on Tuesday night engulfed by fire destroying property worth millions of Naira. A News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) eyewitness reports that the incident occurred around 11:45 p.m. on Wednesday in Kano destroying no fewer than 90 shops in the market before men of the State Fire Service put it out.
Fire service personnel were said to have arrived and intervened early enough which prevented the inferno from spreading to other parts of the market.
The Director of the Fire Service, Alhaji Mustapha Rulwan, confirmed the incident, saying his office got distress calls around 10 p.m. but that men of the Service were able to quench the fire around 1 a.m.
“We were lucky to have quenched the inferno within a short time of our arrival at the scene of the incident.
“We are still trying to know the actual number of shops affected as the incident happened in the night.”
He said the cause of the inferno was still unknown but advised people to take precautionary measures while using fire.
Kurmi market is said to have experienced similar fire outbreaks in the past. Recall that just last month, another popular market, Sabon Gari, was also razed down by fire, where more than 3,800 shops and property estimated at several millions of Naira were lost to the inferno.
In a series of what appears to be a season of market fires, the Controller-General of the Federal Fire Service, Joseph Anebi, has said that fire outbreaks in markets between January, 2015 and March, 2016 have claimed 600 lives and properties worth N5.30tn.
These, he said, included N2tn property lost in the recent fire incident at Abubakar Rimi Sabon-Gari market, Kano.
The CG attributed the inability of the fire service to respond to fire outbreaks in time to inadequate fire stations, lack of fire hydrants and water source dedicated for fire fighting.