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Plateau State: Fire engulfs Jos market, razes over 200 shops

Shops and warehouses worth millions of naira have been burnt down by fire at the popular Terminus market in Jos, the Plateau State capital.  The fire was said to have started in the early hours of Saturday morning as the cause is yet to be ascertained.

Well over 200 shops are reported to be affected in the inferno, leaving traders to count their losses.  Men of the Fire Service were reported to have arrived at the scene of the fire when alerted to rescue lives and some properties at the market.  The police, however, confirmed the incident, adding that work will commence to know the cause of the fire.

According to Bala Aminu, Chairman, section C, Jos Main Market, the cause of the fire was still not known, he however, ruled out sabotage. He described as very unfortunate a situation when traders successfully completed their trading activities yesterday only for them to lost out everything this morning to fire.  The chairman commended the efforts of security, fire service personnel for prompt response to the inferno which he said really helped in halting the spread of the fire to other parts of the market. He further called on government to come to the aid of the victims because, according to him, “their source of livelihood has been grossly affected”.The market was previously gutted by fire in 2016. Jos Main Market was built during the Late Solomon Lar administration and was at the time, the only of its kind in West Africa. But today, the market is a shadow of itself.