Karmo market, on the fringes of the Federal Capital Territory, was destroyed by a fire that broke out early in the morning.
Property worth millions of naira was destroyed in the blaze, which started about 12.20 a.m.
Murtala Ibrahim, the market traders’ head, claimed the fire burned roughly “300 temporary businesses until it was brought under control about 2 a.m. by joint efforts of fire fighters from government agencies and corporations.”
According to him, the fire started at a shop selling beverages and spread to other parts of the market.
Provisions, building materials, electronics, stationery, and cosmetics businesses were among the regions affected.
“Many traders who raced to the area after receiving the information were prevented from rushing into the burning stores in an effort to save some things by the police and vigilante groups,” Ibrahim added.
A similar event occurred at the market in October, according to the Daily Trust, but a dealer, Shehu Ahmad, said Wednesday’s incident was worse because the fire lasted until 5 a.m. before being put out.