The Sokoto State Fire Service has confirmed a fire outbreak which gutted part of the old market in Sokoto which destroyed about 20 shops.
Mr Mustapha Abubakar, the Head of Operations in Sokoto Fire Service, said the inferno started at about 11:00 p.m on Monday and lasted till about 2:00 a.m on Tuesday.
Abubakar said that the affected shops included those belonging to those selling cosmetics and cloths, adding that officials were at the scene investigating the cause of the incident and the damages.
He said that accurate report would be issued on the incident.
Abubakar said that fire fighters made efforts to end the inferno throughout the night.
He commended members of the traders union and sister agencies for the support and prayed against recurrence.