No fewer than 118 shops were Thursday morning razed by an inferno at the Kabong market in Jos North. The Chairman, Kabong Market Traders Association, Mr. Christopher Jama, told Governor Simon Lalong when he visited the scene that the fire which broke out by 4am, razed 118 shops down completely, adding that goods destroyed included bags of maize, beans, rice, and poultry products. He said that the fire was caused by an electrical spark when public power supply was restored in the night. He appealed to the governor to come to the traders' aid, whose source of living had been consumed by the fire.
Governor Lalong, expressed shock at the development and promised to respond to the plight of the traders. According to him, “Government was already working towards remodeling (the market) before the inferno." He expressed gratitude to God that no life was lost. Correspondent of the News Agency of Nigeria who visited the market, reports that the market was still inaccessible as at the time of filing this report, because of the thick smoke still emerging from the burnt shops.