It was a sad moment for traders at the Sabon Gari Market, Kano North West Nigeria, as the textbook section of the market was engulfed in fire.
According to local sources, about 600 shops were destroyed in the fire. Sources blamed the lack of firefighting and access to water as the reason for the large scale destruction.
Security operatives have cordoned the entire perimeter to forestall looters from entering the place. For many years, fire incidents are rampant in Nigeria’s open and semi-formal markets destroying goods worth millions of dollars. Excepts for modern shopping malls, most semi-formal markets have no dedicated firefighting equipment with little proximity to fire a station.