Breaking: Fire destroys Maiduguri fish market (photos)

Breaking: Fire destroys Maiduguri fish market (photos)

- There has been a fire outbreak and the popular fish market in Maiduguri, Borno state capital city

- The incident was said to have destroyed shops worth fortune at the market

- It was gathered that the fire started at about 10.30 pm suggesting that it was caused by electrical fault

An inferno at the popular Baga Fish Market in Maiduguri on Sunday, August 12, destroyed dozens of shops, fish stock and other property worth millions of naira, the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports.

Malam Muhammad Labo, a trader in the market, told NAN that the fire, started at about 10.30 pm., suggesting that it was caused by electrical fault.

“We locked our shops and went home; later, we received the shocking news that the market was on fire.

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“Most of the shops at the main fish market were burnt to ashes; we are still trying to put out the fire.”

Fire destroys Maiduguri Fish Market (photos)

The fire started after shop owners had left the market. Photo credit: NAN

Labo, however, said that the quick intervention of the fire service personnel helped contain the fire from spreading to other parts of the market.

Ambursa Pindar, the Public Relations Officer (PRO), Borno State Fire Service, who confirmed the incident, said that four fire-fighting trucks were deployed to the market.

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Pindar said that the service responded promptly to fire calls at the market and called for calm, adding that the fire was under control.

Fire destroys Maiduguri Fish Market (photos)

The shop owners said four fire trucks were deployed to market to quench the fire. Photo credit: NAN

He further said that the service would investigate the cause of the fire.

Meanwhile, previously reported that soldiers of the Special Force deployed to the northern state for the counterinsurgency operation have grounded the airport in the capital Maiduguri.

The aggrieved soldiers have been shooting at the airport.

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Reports said the soldiers had barricaded the airport gate since 6:15 p.m and later began firing shots sporadically into the air and forcing many residents around the area to flee

It was also alleged that the shootings were protests against redeployment of the soldiers from Maiduguri to another location at the northern part of the state.

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