The Zamfara Fire Service on Wednesday confirmed that one person died in the Gusau Central Market fire incident that destroyed several goods and property on Tuesday, January 30 in Zamfara state.
According to the Director of Zamfara Fire Service, Abdullahi Daura, while the yet-to-identified man tried to move his goods out of the burning shop, the fire closed in on him. He was burnt to death.
“We received a report of the fire outbreak and deployed our men to the scene.
“We were able to put the fire under control, but one person lost his life while trying to remove his properties from his shop,” the director said.
Dauran also disclosed that investigations were ongoing to ascertain the cause of the fire outbreak and the extent of damage to lives and property.
“We are investigating to ascertain the cause of the incident and to determine the actual extent of damage,’’ he said.
Residents said the fire broke out at around 8:30 pm on Tuesday in the furniture section of the market.
Although firefighters tried to salvage the situation, significant damage had already been done. Gusau Central Market is the largest market in the state’s capital.