Devastating Fire Engulfs Sokoto Central Market, Destroying Over 180 Stalls

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In the early hours of Monday, tragedy struck as a fierce fire broke out at the Sokoto State Central Market, consuming more than one hundred and eighty stalls.

The blaze, which ignited around 5 a.m., swiftly engulfed a significant section of the central market, with the epicenter of destruction focusing on the area designated for motorcycle sales.

Upon visiting the scene, our correspondent learned that the fire originated from a refuse dumping site, quickly escalating into a catastrophic inferno.

Shehu Muhammad, Chairman of the Motorcycle Marketers Association, revealed to our correspondent the extent of devastation wrought by the fire, citing an unknown number of motorcycles and shops consumed by the flames.

“We are yet to assess the full extent of the damage caused by the fire, as it continues to rage unchecked. Many individuals have tragically lost not only their means of livelihood but also their livelihoods themselves,” Muhammad lamented.

While firefighting efforts by both federal and state fire services are underway, Muhammad acknowledged the daunting task ahead in extinguishing the conflagration completely.

Amidst the devastation, Muhammad issued a heartfelt appeal to the state government, urging swift intervention to provide support and assistance to the victims who have suffered immense losses.

This unfortunate incident adds to a grim history of fire outbreaks plaguing the Sokoto Central Market, with previous episodes recorded in 2016 and 2021. These recurring tragedies have left a significant portion of the market in ruins, with ongoing efforts towards reconstruction yet to be completed.

Soukaina Sghir

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