Fire guts 300 shops at Sabongarin market, Zaria

An early morning fire on Saturday, destroyed no fewer than 300 shops at Sabongarin Zaria main market in Sabongari Local Government Area of Kaduna State.

A Correspondent of the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), who visited the scene, reports that the fire burnt down buildings, sheds and property worth millions of naira.

In an interview with NAN, the Vice Chairman, Butchers' Association, Sabongari market, Malam Adamu Ibrahim, said the cause of the fire was unknown.

Ibrahim said: "Reports received from eye witnesses so far, indicated that the fire started either by midnight or early morning of Saturday and it is suspected to be caused by electricity problem.

"It took the intervention of good Samaritans and men of the fire service to put off the fire and prevent its escalation.

"However, more than 300 shops have already been destroyed. We are therefore appealing to government to come to our aid."

NAN reports that areas affected included butchers and fish stalls. (NAN)

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