Shops razed in Sokoto’s ‘Tsohon kasuwa’

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At least 20 shops have been razed and destroyed by an inferno that gutted part of the ‘Tsohon kasuwa’ Old Market in Sokoto State.

This was confirmed by the Sokoto Fire Service.

The Head of Operations of the SFS, Mustapha Abubakar, said the fire lasted about three hours and affected shops belonging to those selling rice, groundnut oil, vegetable oil, cosmetics and clothes.

Abubakar said that fire fighters made efforts to end the inferno throughout the night and commended members of the traders union and sister agencies for the support and prayed against recurrence. He said officials were at the scene to investigate the cause of incident and the extent of the damages to the victims.

He however warned against reporting fire incidents late and blocking of the movement of firefighting engines during incidents advising that people should not engage a fire before informing the agency. Abubakar noted that the situation usually led to fire escalation before the arrival of fire fighters.

Reacting to the incident, the Chairman, Old Sokoto Market Traders Association, Alhaji H. Almustapha called on the government to come to the aid of the victims saying most of them have no means of survival.

He said goods destroyed in the inferno is worth over N100 million and commended the Sokoto Fire Service for the role they play in ensuring the fire didn’t spread.