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No fewer than 95 shops were razed by fire that gutted the famous Kurmi market in Kano metropolis on Tuesday night.

The Director of the State Fire Service, Alhaji Mustapha Rulwan, confirmed this in an interview in Kano on Wednesday. Rulwan said the fire which started around 10 p.m. was believed to have emanated from the section where empty plastic bottles were stocked.

 “The fire was said to have started from the empty plastic bottles section. This is the information we got based on our preliminary investigation,” he said.

He, however, explained that further investigation would reveal the actual cause of the inferno as his men were still trying to unearth the cause of the incident.

According to him, the agency will soon come up with measures aimed at preventing future occurrence.

The director advised traders to always be vigilant while using fire so as to prevent fire outbreak.

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