The Spokesman of the State Fire Service, Alhaji Saidu Mohammed, confirmed the incident to newsmen in Kano on Thursday. The spokesman said 30 of the shops were completely razed down while 40 were slightly burnt.
“We received a distress call in the early hours of Thursday at about 03:45 a.m from one Bashir Suleiman that there was fire outbreak at the market.
“On receiving the information, we quickly sent some of our personnel and fire fighting vehicles to the scene of the incident at about 03:52 a.m to quench the fire so as not to affect other shops,” he said.
He advised traders at the market and other residents to be more careful and desist from using instruments capable of triggering fire as a way of guarding against future occurrences.
Mohammed also advised the people to keep fire buckets, blankets and extinguishers close to enable them curtail any fire outbreak before calling on the fire service.
Mohammed said the cause of the fire is being investigated. (NAN)