The National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) said on Sunday that at least 3,800 shops were destroyed by Saturday’s fire incident at the Sabon Gari Market, Kano.
Alhaji Muhammad Sani-Sidi, Director General, told newsmen that indications at the scene of the incident were that more than 90 per cent of the market had been leveled by the fire.
Sidi said, “It is unfortunate that from the record more than 90 per cent of the market has been burnt and base on the report, more than 3, 800 shops and quite a number of buildings were razed by the inferno.”
The director-general explained further that no fewer than 15 persons sustained various degrees of injury during the incident. However, the injured were already receiving treatment at the hospital.
He said the agency was working closely with the state government to ensure that the victims received proper treatment at the hospital.
“Assessment is still ongoing and the state government has mobilised over 100 trucks to clear the rubble,” Sidi said.
While answering newsmen, the DG said that lack of access roads made it slightly difficult for fire-fighting vehicles to have easy access to the market while the fire was raging.