An inferno at the popular Baga Fish Market in Maiduguri, Borno State on Sunday destroyed dozens of shops, fish stock and other property worth millions of naira, the News Agency of Nigeria reports.
Malam Muhammad Labo, a trader in the Market, told NAN that the fire started at about 10.30pm, suggesting that it was caused by electrical fault.
Labo said: “We locked our shops and went home.
“Later, we received the shocking news that the market was on fire.
“Most of the shops at the main fish market were burnt to ashes.
“We are still trying to put out the fire.”
Labo, however, said 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, Borno State Fire Service, who confirmed the incident, said four fire-fighting trucks were deployed to the market.
Pindar said the service responded promptly to fire calls at the market and called for calm, adding that the fire was under control.
He further said the service would investigate the cause of the fire.