Two Die as Fire Guts Down Kaduna Railway Station Market
Kaduna Station Market famous for fruits, vegetables, yam tubers, live stock especially poultry, eggs, and other food stuff was a ghost of itself when after it was gutted by an inferno overnight, particularly in the wee hours of today Tuesday, 26th January, 2016.
Station market is also a junction for any train coming from Eastern and Western parts of the country to other Northern parts of the country. It is situated right in the middle of Kaduna town after crossing over the famous River Kaduna from Kaduna North to Kaduna South.
During a sympathy visit today, the Kaduna State Governor – Mallam Nasir El-Rufai promised to be rebuilt the market and the traders relocated from the current place.
The Governor described as unfortunate the inferno and the loss of property blaming it on the nature of the market design that prevented fire fighters from accessing the scene despite arriving there on time.
“It is most unfortunate that we continue to have this incident. What is sad for me, is not just the loss of property in this case, but the fact that the fire fighting equipments could not get in and reduce the losses because of the way and manner the market itself was designed.
“We already have plans for this market; we have plans to build a modern neighborhood centre across the railway line and relocate them” El-Rufai said.
“He stressed that with the incident, the government would use the opportunity to try to get the traders to a new, safer and more accessible location “so that in the event of this kind of misfortune, at least the fire engines can get in there and reduce the losses”.
He asserted that the state emergency management agency was on hand as quickly as it could, but could not do much.
“The leadership of the market and our officials will sit to assess the situation and bring a report to the government for further actions” he assured.
The cause of the inferno is unknown, but this is the 4th consecutive time the market is recording such incident and always during harmattan season as this.
At least two people are believed to have died.
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