- A section of Katako Market in Jos north local government area of Plateau state is destroyed by fire
- Lawal Kamal, a market leader discloses that fire started at about 3.30 am and completely destroyed the section before the arrival of firefighters
- The market leader says the fire was caused by an electrical fault
Fourteen shops have reportedly been completely burnt after fire consumed a section of Katako Market in Jos north local government area of Plateau state.
Lawal Kamal, a market leader told Daily Trust that the fire started at about 3.30am and had completely destroyed the section before the arrival of firefighters.
He explained that the fire was caused by an electrical fault.
“The fire was caused by an electrical fault. This is not the first time the market is experiencing such incident. In September this year, electrical fault had destroyed Timber B section.
"Jos Electricity Distribution Company has not been serious about the problem because it doesn’t check connections regularly," Kamal said
He described the situation as very sad, noting that those affected by the fire would affected have to start afresh.
“It is very sad news. I feel like crying. I have been here since 3:30am when the incident started. We have lost property worth N15m. Almost all those that are affected have to start afresh. You have seen it yourself. We thanked God there was no loss of life,” he said.
Meanwhile, emerging reports are indicating that parts of Kara market along Lagos-Ibadan expressway were on Tuesday, December 31, gutted by fire.
Although the inferno has destroyed a lot of vehicles and shops in the popular cattle market, no official statement has been made on what caused the disaster or the extent of damage done so far, The Nation reports.
Eyewitnesses and journalists report that the incident caused serious gridlock along the major expressway.
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