Property worth N9.6 million were lost to an early morning fire outbreak that razed eleven shops in the popular Alanamu market in Ilorin, Kwara State.
LEADERSHIP gathered that the incident occurred at about 5.08 am on Monday.
It was further gathered that the swift intervention of the men of the State Fire Service saved property estimated at N865.5m from being consumed by the raging fire.
The spokesman of the State Fire Service, Hassan Adekunle who confirmed the incident said they were alerted about the fire outbreak by a commercial motorcyclist who was passing through the scene of the incident.
“A passerby bike man was the one who saw the ravaging inferno and quickly summoned the state fire service to rescue the situation.
“However, firemen did everything possible to immediately stop the spread of the burning fire to the other shops, and subsequently eliminated the fire. Out of the 86 shops in the market arena, 11 shops were affected.”
Adekunle said report from the field indicated that the fire outbreak was as a result of an electric power surge.