Gombe - A total of 200 stores and property worth millions of naira were destroyed in an inferno that gutted Gombe Grains Market early on Wednesday, the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports.
Usman Adamu, the Caretaker Chairman of the Grains Market Association, said that the incident happened at about 3 a.m.
Adamu said that most members of the association lost their goods.
“As at now, we have not assessed the damage but millions of naira was lost, because most of the produce are beans, bambara nuts and such bags cost between N15 000 and N18 000.”
According to him, the disaster was due to an electrical spark from one of the shops in the market.
He appealed to governments at all levels to immediately assist the traders to cushion the effects of the disaster on them.
Dahiru Adamu, the Director, Gombe State Fire Service, said that the service received the report at about 3. 35 a.m. and immediately rushed to the scene to quench the fire.
A NAN correspondent, who visited the scene around 8.30 a.m. , reported that firefighters were still putting out the fire.
He also saw many sympathisers who trooped to the market to commiserate with the owners of the produce.
The Senior District Head of Gombe, Abdulkadir Abubakar, who visited the scene, sympathised with those whose shops were burnt in the inferno and advised them to consider the incident as an act of God.
Abubakar advised the traders to take stock of the extent of damage and forward their report to the relevant authorities.
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