Another midnight fire on Tuesday night gutted the famous Kurmi Market in Kano metropolis, destroying property worth millions of Naira. An eye witness told our correspondent in Kano on Wednesday that the incident occurred around 11:45pm of the fateful day.
The witness, who pleaded anonymity, said the fire destroyed no fewer than 30 shops in the market before men of the State Fire Service overcome it. Accordingly, the witness said the quick arrival (this time around) of the fire service personnel prevented the inferno from spreading to other parts of the market.
The Director of the Fire Service, Alhaji Mustapha Rulwan, who confirmed the incident, said his office got distress calls around 10:00pm, yet the men of the Service were able to quench the fire around 1:00am.
“We were lucky to have stopped the inferno within a short time of our arrival at the scene of the incident. We are still trying to know the actual number of shops affected, as the incident happened in the night,” Rulwan said. He also said the cause of the fire incident was still unknown, but advised people to take precautionary measures, while using fire. It would be recalled that Kurmi, the oldest market in the city, had experienced similar fire outbreaks in the immediate past.