An early morning fire outbreak destroyed at least 22 shops at Yankatako market in Rijiyar Lemo area of Kano on Wednesday.
The Public Relations Officer of the State Fire Service, Alhaji Saidu Mohammed, said the incident happened at 3:10 a.m.
“We received a distress call in the early hours of today (Wednesday) from one Muhammed Yahaya from Kurna division at 3.10 a.m. that there was fire outbreak at the market.
”On receiving the information, we quickly sent some of our personnel and fire fighting vehicle to the scene of the incident at about 3.14 a.m. to quench the fire,” he said.
Mohammed said the cause of the fire was under investigation.
He advised traders at the market and other residents to be more careful and desist from using instruments capable of triggering fire.
He also advised the people to keep fire bucket, blanket and fire extinguisher that would enable them curtail the fire before calling on the fire service.