Not less than two persons have been killed, and 700 make-shift shops destroyed after an inferno grazed a popular Food Stuff Market in Kaduna, North-Central Nigeria.
The inferno, which was attributed to a power surge, occurred at about 12 midnight when the traders had retired from the day’s business.
According to eyewitnesses, two people, who were sleeping inside one of the shops, lost their lives in the fire while goods worth millions of Naira were completely destroyed.
An aggrieved trader who pleaded anonymity said the incidence could have been averted if the government had listened to their demand for permanent blocks of shops to be constructed in the market, instead of the make-shift shops.
“The make-shift shop can easily be gutted by fire,” he said.
It was learnt that the incident might affect food supply in the state capital, as food items and other consumables such as chicken, fish, water melon were destroyed.