Properties worth millions of Naira have been lost in Azare, Katagum Local Government Area of Bauchi as fire razed the town’s main market.
The fire reportedly started around 11 pm Sunday and continued until Monday morning.
Over 500 shops were said to have been burnt down in the inferno.
The tragedy came a day after a rainstorm destroyed houses and other properties including loss of lives on Saturday.
Governor Mohammed Abdullahi Abubakar has already visited the town to commiserate with the traders who lost their properties in the inferno as well as the emir of Katagum and people of the emirate.
While speaking, the governor assured that his administration will do everything to assist the victims and promised to forward their plights to the federal government.
Speaking to our reporter about the incidence on telephone, the Information officer, Katagum local government area, Aminu Azare informed that the fire reportedly started from one of the shops in the market allegedly from an electrical surge.
“The fire later spread to other shops, Fire service including those of Azare, Misau and other neighbouring places came but the fire cannot be controlled.”
“They had problem accessing parts of the market because the roads are narrow which prevented firefighting vehicles to enter and fight the fire.”
“As I speak to you now, smoke is still billowing from the market. The loss cannot be quantified as at this time. It was just too much, “he said.
He informed that governor Abubakar has formed two committees to assess the situation and present a report adding that the Emir of Katagum has also formed a similar committee to assess the situation for the emirate.
Credit: Daily Trust