A fire outbreak at Katsina Central Market on Monday destroyed hundreds of shops and properties worth billions of Naira.
It was gathered that the fire started at around 8 a.m., on Monday, from some shops located at the centre of the market, before it spread to almost all the shops in the market.
The fire was still raging at about 12:30pm despite efforts of firemen to contain it.
The inferno had destroyed property worth billions of Naira, according to eyewitnesses, especially goods belonging to traders selling cloths shoes, kitchen utensils, carpets, plastics among others.
Some of the traders affected said they have no idea how the fire started but added that they had lost everything in their shops to the fire.
Alhaji Harisu Abdullahi, whose shop was among those destroyed, told NAN that it was difficult to ascertain the cause of the fire, and has left everything in the hands of God.
Alhaji Aminu Ibrahim, another victim, who said his shops were burnt to ashes, noted that firefighters were unable to reach areas where the fire emanated from because the access road had been blocked by shops.
Malam Ibrahim Alabama, another victim, who sells kitchen utensils, said he lost everything to the fire.
Alaramma added that 10 of his brothers also lost everything during the incident.
The traders urged the government and other philanthropic to come to their aid as the fire had destroyed their source of livelihood.