Popular market in Borno devastated by fire yet again

Popular market in Borno devastated by fire yet again

Once more, tragedy struck the heart of Maiduguri, the capital of Borno State, as fire ravaged the renowned Gamboru market located in the Customs area.

The biggest perishable goods market in Maiduguri has faced similar calamities on March 18, 2023, and Nov. 13, 2023, leaving the community reeling from repeated misfortune.

Borno’s Commissioner for Information and Internal Security, Alhaji Usman Tar, confirmed the devastating incident, stating that the fire originated at the Layin Yan Katako and spread to the outer sections of the market.

The blaze, which erupted on a fateful Wednesday around 10 pm, was swiftly contained by the diligent efforts of the fire service personnel.

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“The Borno State Fire Service immediately dispatched a team of firefighters to the site and the fire was effectively extinguished.

“No human casualty reported. The security of the market was not at risk of trespass or vandalisation,” he said.

According to him, the fire service and the State Emergency Management Agency (SEMA) are conducting an on-the-spot assessment of the incident to determine the root causes and steps to avoid future occurrence.

The commissioner said that the state government would take all steps to overcome fire disasters in the state.

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He advised members of the public to maintain law and order and ensure the safety of the market is not breached.

“On behalf of the Borno State Government, we commiserate with all who are affected by this incident.

“We also thank the first responders for their speed of action which prevented the fire from spreading across the market space,” he said.

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