Abuja - Tragedy struck on Monday when approximately 90 shops were gutted by a fire that broke out at the Yola Market in Adamawa State, Punch reports.
Haruna Hammanfuro, Executive Secretary of the Adamawa State Management Agency, confirmed the incident, saying that property in the billions was destroyed in what has been deemed the worst inferno in the history of the market.
Although fire fighters eventually quelled the blaze, initial attempts failed due to lack of road access to the market.
No lives were lost in the blaze, while the final extent of the damage caused has yet to be ascertained.
Alhaji Ibrahim Mohammad, Chairman of the Adamawa Trader's Association, appealed to the Federal Government to aid traders at the market who had been adversely affected.
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State Deputy Governor Martins Babale confirmed that the Government would have the damage at the market assessed in order to ascertain the level of assistance needed by the traders. He also urged NEMA, aid corporations and wealthy individuals to lend a helping hand and come to the aid of those in need.
According to eye witnesses on the scene, security operatives were deployed at the market in order to prevent looting, with State Police Commissioner Ghazzali Mohammed having confirmed the development.
A number of hoodlums were allegedly arrested as a product of security forces being present.
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