The Kaduna State Fire Service has confirmed a fire incident at the popular Panteka market in Kaduna State, Northwest Nigeria. The fire affected the timber section of the market. Mr. Paul Aboi, the Director of Kaduna State Fire Service, stated that the fire department received the first distress call at 1 a.m. from Mr. Sadiq Mohammed. Several calls reporting the incident were later received.
The cause of the fire is still unknown, and investigations are ongoing. Aboi reported that the fire did not result in any loss of life or injuries to the traders. The fire was extinguished through collaborative efforts by the state and Federal Fire Services.
Mohammed Abubakar, chairman of the wood section of the market, commended the fire service for the prompt response. He mentioned that the fire started at 1:10 a.m., and the fire service remained behind after putting out the fire to assist traders in salvaging what was left until early morning.
The estimated total loss to the fire has yet to be ascertained, and a committee has been set up to determine the exact monetary loss from the incident. Abubakar appealed to government agencies and well-meaning Nigerians to come to the aid of the affected traders.