Over 200 shops have been razed down by a Mysterious fire in the early hours of Saturday morning at the burnt Jos main market; causing the affected traders financial setback .
The cause of the fire, officials and the victims could not say but while some said the fire started at about 1.30am, the State Fire Service said it got a call at about 12.30am and got to the scene at about 12.45am. The affected shops deal mostly with second hand clothing, bags, shoes and other accessories.
Our correspondent who visited the market at about 9am observed that smokes were still emitting from the area though the State Fire Service had battled to put out the flames and some shop owners were seen in groups discussing the incident while some were searching through the rubbles to see what they could salvage.
Speaking at the scene, the State Commissioner of Police, CP Adie Undie, the Management Committee Chairman of Jos North local government area, Mr. Philip Nyam and the Chairman, Traders’ Association, Abdulrahman Yussuf explained what they know about the incident.
According to the CP, “This incident happened in the early hours, we received a report, my DPO in-charge of this area got a report and he promptly alerted me and we equally alerted the State Fire Service and they too did not waste time. They mobilized their men but because of the location of this point of incident, it made it difficult for the Fire Service to promptly put out the fire and avoid the kind of damage that we have here.
“My officers with the STF unit were able to cordon-off this place and ensure that there was no looting. A few of the wares here were salvage and secured at the Police Post. We are liaising with the Chairman of the market so that we identified those who suffer losses here; we are also liaising with the Fire Service team so that we will be able to know the probable cause of the fire. For now, we will continue to maintain security here to make sure that miscreants don’t take undue advantage of the situation to loot. We cannot say exactly the cause of the incident, we are still investigating.”
The Committee Chairman of Jos North, Mr. Nyam whose local government hosts the market, added, “My attention was drawn around 2am about this incident. My heart goes out to the traders who lost their valuables and we appreciate the swift response of the Fire Service and the Police who have been on top of the situation since the incident happened. You can see they have cordoned-off the area to avoid situation where looting will take place. Again, the Fire Service has done much to contain the situation, you can see the market is large but they salvage the situation by their timely response, you can see their efforts.
“I want to commiserate with the traders. This market was burnt some time ago causing temporary setback but we cannot just allow this place to lie fallow, security-wise if you leave this place like that, it will give room for a lot of problems that is why they were allowed to use it temporary pending when the structures would be rebuilt. I cannot estimate the revenue we were getting from here but the Director of Finance will have the records.”
The Deputy Director of the State Fire Service, Mr. Samuel Musa said, “Our men were called around 12.45am to a scene of fire within the premises of the former burnt down Main market, the Terminus area, there are some makeshifts shops they made there and they are selling second hand clothes majorly around that area. It is in the second hand cloth section that the fire started, since around 1.45am up to 10.15 am that our men disengaged, they were able to control the fire. The severity of the situation is yet to be assessed; we are going there to assess the situation.”
52 total views, 52 views today
The post Breaking: Mysterious fire razes over 200 shops in Jos appeared first on Nigerian Pilot News.Read Full Story