The Kano State Fire Service said at least 41 temporary shops were destroyed on Monday after a fire gutted the popular Kasuwar Kurmi (Yan’ littafai) Market in Kano.
This was contained in a statement by the Public Relations Officer of the State Fire Service, Alhaji Saminu Abdullahi, in Kano.
“We received a distress call from Malam Baba Nasidi at about 01:58 am that there was a fire outbreak at the market where they sell books.
“Upon receiving the information, we quickly sent a fire vehicle to the scene at about 02:07 am, to bring the situation under control,’’ the statement said.
Abdullahi said that 37 improvised temporary shops were completely razed down by the fire while four permanent shops were slightly affected due to the quick intervention of the firemen.
The fire service spokesman added that the fire was triggered by an electrical spark.
He advised traders at the market and other residents to always switch off all electrical appliances and disconnect the sources when not in use.