A raging inferno in the early hour of yesterday gutted 25 shops at the Gombe Main Market.
Witnesses account said the fire, which lasted for four hours, started around 1:45am. They added that 25 shops were razed.
Chairman of the Market Traders’ Association, Alhaji Uba Abdullahi, told reporters that surge in electricity supply was responsible for the inferno when electricity supply was restored to the market.
He estimated properties destroyed to be in the region N50 million.
According to him, mostly affected by the inferno were tailors, dealers of plastic items and hides and skin traders among others.
“We are lacking proper street layout in the market, which made it difficult to get easy access to the shops during emergency like fire outbreak,” Abdullahi noted.
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July 17, 2019