JUST IN: One person dead, several shops burnt as fire guts central market in Zamfara

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A fire has destroyed several shops at Gusau Central Market, killing one person.

The fire, which started around 9 p.m. last night in the furniture section of the largest market in the state capital, claimed the life of an unidentified shop owner.

Hamza Mohammed, the Commander of the Nigerian Fire Service at the New Market office, revealed to newsmen that the individual died while attempting to forcefully enter his shop to extinguish the flames.

Since 9 p.m. yesterday, firefighters from the state command have been actively combating the inferno, successfully preventing its spread to neighboring shops.

According to Mohammed, numerous shops were impacted by the fire, but the exact cause remains unknown.