Eye witnesses on Tuesday night said,not less than 11 shops has been gutted by fire at the sokoto central market.
Report said, it took the combined efforts of Firemen from the State Fire Service, personnel of the Civil Defence Corps, the police, traders and some good Samaritans to put out the fire by 3 am on Wednesday. Traders affected said the fire, which started at about 12 midnight, destroyed goods and property worth millions of Naira.
“There was no public electricity supply when the fire started but subsequent investigations will reveal the likely causes of the fire. “No life was lost and there was no injury, only the heavy losses incurred by the affected traders,” Mamman Dan-Tullo, a fireman, told NAN.
One of the affected traders, Abubakar Murtala, said he lost assorted food items, cosmetics, essential commodities, detergents and cash, among others, to the inferno.
Murtala expressed happiness that no life was lost, but lamented that the incident had set them backward. “We have been taken backward as we have lost all that we had laboured for for several decades,” he said.