Fire guts Bauchi market, razes over 30 shops

"If there was any fire service, the fire would have been immediately put under control, the level of destruction wouldn’t have been this much," a market official said.
Fire guts Bauchi market, razes over 30 shops
File photo of a car burnt to its frame as a result of the market fire The PUNCH

Traders were left to count their losses at the Kasuwar Waya market in Bauchi State on Friday after an unexpected fire incident destroyed goods worth millions of naira in more than 30 shops.

According to The PUNCH, the fire started around 10 am at shops where traders sell palm oil, groundnut oil before it escalated to shops that sold diesel, mattresses, drinks, fish and other goods.

While the incident was reported to have been caused by a gas explosion, it took over three hours for men of the Bauchi State Fire Service, Federal Fire Service, Abubakar Tafawa Balewa University and the Federal Polytechnic Bauchi, to put out the fire.

Speaking to the publication, the Sales Director of the Kasuwar Waya market union, Bashir Adamu, said “I was at my shop some meters away at about 10.30am when we noticed the sign of fire and it was as if it was a joke, it kept growing until it became a large fire.

“This incident caused us great panic because it has been a long while since such an incident occurred in this market. You can see that the government tried its best and sent firefighters and you can see them battling now to put off the fire.”

Asked about the number of shops affected, he said, “I cannot tell you the exact number now, but I can only estimate that they are more than 30 shops that were completely burnt down, and this is asides from the makeshift shops and goods that are sold around here.

“We are thankful to God that no life was lost and nobody was injured as a result of the incident.”

The official appealed to the state government to immediately set up fire service outlets in markets across the state to address emergency situations.

“If there was any fire service, the fire would have been immediately put under control, the level of destruction wouldn’t have been this much. People tried their best to put off the fire but they couldn’t before the firefighters came about an hour later,” he said.

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