By Dilibe Michael
A fire outbreak that occurred at Post office, Baba Musani shopping complex Market in Maiduguri on Tuesday has led to the destruction of several properties, Bawa Kolo, the Director General of State Emergency Management Agency (SEMA) of the state has said.
The fire, which started around 10:00 p.m. on Tuesday, raged till late in the night because of the difficulties experienced by fire fighters, trader said.
He disclosed that a total number of 106 traders were affected in the incident.
“The fire outbreak at the Market yesterday night has completely destroyed 106 shops and our families depend on us for their livilhood, we are currently stranded and no one to help us.”
“The market fire outbreak which started at about 10 pm yesterday couldn’t be put out until at about some hours later,” traders said.
The official said the fire was suspected to have started from unknown place while almajiri were sleeping at the market.
Although no life was lost and injury sustained in the incident, the official said immense properties were destroyed.
“The traders at the market has request succour from the Borno State Government towards the incident.”
DAILY TIMES reports that the Director General of State Emergency Management Agency visited the scene alongside other top management staff.
Kolo, who sympathized with victims of the fire, called for the upgrade of the market in line with global best practice while assuring the victims of assistance from the state government.
Kolo reinforced the commitment of the agency in curtailing emergencies and ensuring safety of lives and properties within the state.
DAILY TIMES had reported several fire incidents in different places in the State which often results in loss of properties.