The Sokoto Fire Service has confirmed a fire outbreak which burnt part of the old market in Sokoto which damaged over 20 shops.
Mr Mustapha Abubakar, the Head of Operations in Sokoto Fire Service, told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Tuesday that the inferno started at about 11:00 p.m on Monday and lasted till about 2:00 a.m on Tuesday.
Abubakar added that the affected shops included those belonging to those selling cosmetics and cloths, saying that officials were at the scene investigating the cause of incident and the damages.
He said that accurate report would be issued on the incident.
Abubakar said that fire fighters made efforts to end the inferno throughout the night.
He commended members of the traders union and sister agencies for the support and prayed against recurrence.
The operation officer warned members of the public against reporting fire incidents late.
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