A night fire on Tuesday razed down many shops and temporary stalls at Kano’s century-old market, Kasuwar Kurmi.
Premium Times reports that the famous market, located in the heart of the city, was a center of trans-Saharan trade in the pre-colonial era.
A trader, Sani Muntari, said the Kurmi Market fire started around 8.30pm of Tuesday night and raged till Wednesday morning.
Witnesses said the state fire service arrived the scene shortly after a distress call and started battling the inferno.
When contacted, the Director of the State Fire Service, Mustapha Rilwan, confirmed the incident, saying they were alerted at about 10pm and quickly responded to the distress call.
He said their efforts were complemented by some private companies that deployed their fire equipments to the scene.
“My office got distress calls around 10pm but we were able to put out the fire around 1am, although several goods worth millions of naira were burnt to ashes.
“We were lucky to have quenched the inferno within a short time of our arrival at the scene of the incident.
“We are still trying to know the actual number of shops affected as the incident happened in the night.
“We recorded no loss of life but property,” he added.
On March 25, fire gutted at least 3,500 shops in the largest commodity market in Northern Nigeria, Sabongari Market, Kano