Fire guts popular market in Yola

There was a fire outbreak in a major market in Yola, the Adamawa State capital.

Pageone gathered that the market, located in Yola town and serving as the commercial hub for Yola South Local Government Area, is the second biggest market in the twin Yola/Jimeta capital city, after the Jimeta Modern Market in Yola North.

The fire, according to eyewitnesses, started yesterday and destroyed valuables in yet-to-be determined number of shops.

The witnesses said though fire authorities responded quickly, the intensity of the fire was such that putting it off or preventing it from spreading took a long time.

They also said the cause could not have been electrical current as there was no power supply while the incident lasted.

Deputy Governor Prof. Kaletapwa Farauta, who led a government delegation to the market, promised them that Governor Ahmadu Fintiri would reach back to them with appropriate intervention.

She urged traditional leaders to sensitise their people against clogging up spaces in markets and as such encouraging avoidable emergencies like the fire incident.

“We hope that when we rebuild this market, approved shops won’t get jammed with makeshift stalls that make nonsense of provided spaces. Closely spaced shops or stalls not only predispose markets to fire, they equally make it difficult or impossible for emergency vehicles to rush in.


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