A fire outbreak has destroyed 90 shops and properties worth N50 million, at the Bababa Shopping complex, Bauchi, according to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN).
Alhaji Murtala Maiyadi, chairman of the shopping complex, said that the fire, which began at 11.30pm on Friday, lasted for six hours, after starting from a corner shop.
“Officials of the state’s fire service came to the scene. Then, it was only five shops that were down, but could not stop the fire because at the time, they had only one truck and the water got finished.
“90 shops were burnt down by the fire outbreak and N50 million worth properties were destroyed,” he said.
The chairman commended the Nigeria Police in Bauchi, for providing adequate security at the scene of the incident, noting that over 40 policemen and officers were deployed to safeguard the lives and property of the people.
“We were pleased and very much happy with the police because they were at the scene and they ensured that there was no looting and stealing or any form of theft at the scene,” Maiyadi said.
“Fire service should have water points within the metropolis for easy access to water,” Maiyadi suggested, explaining that during the incident, the single truck had to go back to get water which took them time before they returned.
Maiyadi said that Governor Bala Mohammed had also visited the scene at time of the outbreak
“The Bauchi State Emergency Management Agency (SEMA) were with us today and asked for inventories of goods and that of the building,” he said.