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Fire Incident Destroys Over 250 Batcher Shops in Kaduna Plywood Market

By Ibrahim Khalil

A fire incident has ravaged over 250 batcher shops in the Panteka Plywood Market located in Kaduna State.

Mr. Usman M. Sadiq, Deputy Controller of Fire, State Controller, Kaduna State Command made this known in a statement issued on Thursday.

He said the incident occurred on 17th January 2024 at around 11:00 pm.

“Regrettably, about 250 batcher shops were affected by the fire but thankfully there was no loss of life.”

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“The Federal Fire Service, Kaduna state command received the distress called around 11.30pm and turn out immediately without delay.

The terrible fire incident was successfully put under control around 5am 18th January 2024.” He further said.

He maintained that “The Federal Fire Service Kaduna state command commiserates with Kaduna state government and the shop owners affected by the incident,”

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Mr Sadiq noted that the Service is committed to continue providing all the necessary support in areas of timely response, training, inspection and investigation to the affected traders and beyond.

Although, he explained the exact cause of the fire is still unknown, stressing that it has been confirmed that the fire was not caused by the natural accident but negligence from poor electrification system within the affected areas of the market.

He further explained, “We also wish to inform the general public that a joint effort by Federal Fire Service Kaduna state command, NEMA, SEMA, Kaduna state fire service have been put in place to carry out an investigation regarding the actual cause of the fire incident in Panteka Plywood Market Kaduna in order to come up with a lasting solution to this type of fire incidents in our market places.”

He added that “It is indeed sad for so many to lose their source of livelihood, we feel your pain at this tragic time and wish to pledge our unending support and commitment towards providing better, effective and efficient service delivery to forestall future occurrences through providing the required services enshrined in our mandate.

The Kaduna State Controller, maintained that, “We call on all and sundry to have the emergency numbers of the Command’s stations across the entire state taking into cognizance the nearest station to our individual areas of residence and businesses to ensure prompt response in case of any unforeseen emergency.”

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He also pleaded with everyone in the state to inculcate the habit of reporting fire incidences and other related emergencies to the Federal Fire Service Office in time to avoid wasting lives and properties unnecessarily.

He equally advised the residents to attach significance important to every preventive measure against fire and other related emergencies by ensuring adequate provision of functional fire extinguishers, avoid tampering with the master plan of the market design and constantly reaching out to our office for periodic inspection, basic training and certification.

UM Sadiq stressed that the Service have made collaboration with some critical stakeholders in the state

He stated that the Federal Fire Service are preparing to hold a conference on ‘Incessant Fire Outbreaks and the role of key stakeholders in ensuring a lasting solution to the nagging issue in society.

He assured that the conference will be coming up very soon.

He further informed the residents of Kaduna state that the unfortunate incidents of incessant fire outbreaks will not deter them from conducting its core objective of ensuring that the environment is safe for doing business for all 24/7.

“We also wish to issue a stark reminder that safe electricity installations and practices are paramount. It is a requirement on all of us and a measure we should take very seriously to prevent fire outbreak.”

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