The cause of the inferno could not be ascertained as at the time the news reached the media.

But the sad news is that a fire, which started at about 8.30 p.m. on Thursday night destroyed goods and other property in over 600 shops at the old market in Bida, headquarters of Bida Local Government Area of Niger have now been reduced to rubbles.

Goods destroyed include clothes, motorcycles, building materials, bags of maize, beans, rice, palm oil and poultry products.

Alhaji Mohammad Badugu, the Chairman, Bida Local Government, told NAN that the entire market was engulfed in fire.

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“We are expecting more firefighting vehicles from Minna as our neighbouring local government firefighting vehicles are not in good condition,” Bagudu said.

He confirmed that the Bida Fire Service and Federal Polytechnic fire service, the Police, Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) and good Samaritans rallied to extinguish the fire.

Bagudu was still in shock but managed to promise that the council would try to rebuild the market without much delay.

The Commissioner of Police in the state, Mr Dibal Yakadi, confirmed the incident.

“My Area Commander is leading police personnel deployed to maintain the security of lives and property in the market,’’ Yakadi said.

He explained that the Police were there to prevent miscreants from stealing and ensure law and order in the market.