The central market in Sokoto, capital of the state in North-West Nigeria is currently under fire.
The market which is in the heart of town is bounded by several areas and one of the largest in Nigeria.
An official of the state fire service said the inferno begun in the early hours of the day at around 5 am.
Operatives of fire services, traders are making efforts to put out the fire which has destroyed properties worth millions of Naira.
An eye witness said the fire started from a generating set at Kofar Yan Roba axis of the market
Men of the federal and state fire services are currently deploying combine efforts to put out the massive fire which has extended to many shops.