Fire has razed six shops at the side wings of Birnin Kebbi central market on Friday night.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the fire gutted shops where agrochemicals and agricultural materials are being sold in the market.
A security guard, Malam Aminu Shehu, however, told NAN that the real cause of the fire outbreak was yet to be ascertained. Shehu confirmed that the intervention of the men of state fire service helped to prevent the fire from extending to more blocks in the market.
“Around 10:00 p.m. yesterday, I saw smoke and fire coming out from the shops and used my torchlight to check the source of the fire and smoke. I discovered it was our shops, where I am securing and I quickly called for help, but I don’t know the cause of the fire,” Shehu said.
The sales representative of Saro Agro Science Nig Ltd, Mallam Muhammad Lawal, also told NANthat the company has lost millions of naira to the inferno.
Lawal said, “Presently, I can’t say the amount of property we lost; we are going to cross-check our record and know the products we lost. We lost different categories of agrochemical products and agricultural materials, and their prices vary from each other.
Mr Ajala Olusoji, another salesman, said they were checking to see what they could salvage from the debris of the fire.
The Police and fire service are yet to comment on the incident.