The Kaduna State Government says it will investigate the cause of the Friday morning fire at the old Panteka market in Kaduna metropolis and seek ways of avoiding a re-occurrence.
Governor Nasir el-Rufa’i, who visited the market at about 10 am Friday along with top government officials, commiserated with traders, while assuring the victims that the government would ensure thorough investigation into the incident.
A statement from the Senior Special Assistant to the Governor on Media and Publicity, Samuel Aruwan quoted el-Rufa’i as saying:
“As a government, we will get to the root of the matter and also ensure thorough investigation to ascertain the root cause and seek ways to avoid such incidents in the future. May Almighty God restore all that you lost in this unfortunate situation.”
The timber section of the old Panteka Market in Kaduna was Friday morning gutted by fire. Our correspondent gathered that the fire started around 2am on Friday and quickly consumed the timber section of the market. Goods estimated at millions of naira were said to have been lost in the incident.
The cause of the fire was not immediately known, but some of the traders believed that it might have been caused by electrical fault. Traders who were affected by the incident said they they could not salvage anything from their shops.
Yakubu Ibrahim, a trader at the market, said, “We just heard a heavy sound and as we rushed to the scene, we saw it was the section of the plywood section that caught fire. Before the fire service came to the scene the fire had spread to other sections of the market.”