How 35 Shops Were Burnt Down By Fire Outbreak In Laranto Katako Market Of Jos North

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Yakubu Busari

Traders of the Laranto Katako market of Jos North have lost goods worth Millions naira to fire outbreak that happened at the market on Friday.

The cause of the incident is yet to be known as at the time of this publication.

The traders lamented how devastated they were following the complete loss of their goods which was destroyed during the inferno, as they call on the State government to urgently come to their rescue.

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This medium learned that Shops and warehouses worth millions of naira were been burnt down by fire at the popular Laranto Katako market in Jos, the Plateau State capital.

The fire was said to have started in the night of Friday hours to Saturday morning as the cause is yet to be ascertained by men and of Fire Service Department.

An eye witness account revealed that about 35 shops were 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 market which is mainly a combination of Igbo, Hausa and Natives businesses it would be gathered have been destroyed before years ago when PHCN now DISCO restored light to the affected shops.

The police, however, confirmed the incident, adding that work will commence knowing the cause of the fire.

One of the shop owners who lost his goods, Mr. Chum-Mada Sati said that he received a call from one of their colleagues who own a shop that fire had engulfed the entire market.

According to the traders, they are confused now that their means of livelihoods have been affected, as they called on Governor Simon Lalong to come and assist them.

Also, another trader by name Mohammed Awwal Idris expressed shock that the only business he survives on has been destroyed.

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