Fire outbreak that razed down over 500 makeshift shops at Kaduna Railway Station Market early hours of Tuesday killed a boy and destroyed property worth millions of Naira.
According to an eyewitness, the fire which started from one of clothes shops around 2am of Tuesday became uncontrollable as the winds aided its combustion.
“All attempts to extinguish the fire was frustrated by our inability to get water to quench the raging fire”. He narrated
Another eyewitness, Baba Mohammed, one of the security guards at the market , said, the fire might have been caused by burning fire put up by some boys who sleeps in shops at the market.
” Unfortunately, all efforts to rescue one of the boys trapped in a clothes shop at the market, was unsuccessful and the boy died.” Mohammed said.
“Though the fire fighters came to rescue at about 3.00 a.m after the entire temporary shops, mostly made of planks and zinc were burnt down.”
However, some other witnesses attributed the cause to electrical fault, but our correspondent later gathered that the fire was caused by left over fire , which affected a shop near it .
The State Emergency Management Agency, SEMA Public Relations Office, Abubakar Zakari, confirmed that a boy was killed, goods worth several million destroyed and over 500 shops razed down.
He however noted that SEMA officials are conducting an assessment to confirm the immediate and remote cause of what he termed “Unfortunate fire incident”.
Culled from thenews