Goods worth millions of naira were destroyed in the early hours of Saturday as fire gutted Bababa Shopping Plaza, located inside the popular Wunti Market in Bauchi metropolis.
The fire incident which started on the top floor of the one-storey plaza at about 12:45am was a result of power surge in one of the over 100 shops.
According to the Public Relations Officer (PRO) of Bauchi State Fire Service, Abubakar Babanyaya Bala, as of the time traders were closing on Friday, there was no power supply to the plaza, adding that the power surge leading to the fire outbreak happened when public power was restored.
“We received a call from someone that there is a fire outbreak in the market. The fire started in the midnight at the Bababa Shopping Plaza in Wunti market in Bauchi,” the fire service spokesman said.
He added that operatives of the service were mobilised immediately and deployed to the scene of as soon as the incident was reported.
“On their arrival at the scene, our men discovered that the top floor of the plaza had been engulfed by fire. The fire had spread to all the shops in the floor by then. Our men were able to put out the fire within 30 minutes of their arrival at the scene,” Bala said.
He said that no life was lost in the fire, adding that nobody sustained injuries in what he termed an “unfortunate incident”.
The PRO, however, advised people to always ensure that they put off their electrical appliances when closing from their offices and shops, adding that they should always endeavour to switch off all appliances not in use at home.
Meanwhile, Bauchi State governor, Senator Bala Mohammed, has ordered that the cause of the fire outbreak be investigated. The Governor gave the order when he visited the scene of the incident as fire service men battled to put off the fire. He assured that the state government would assist victims of the fire incident.