A gas explosion burnt down 14 shops and a pharmacy with one person injured.
The incident which occurred on Saturday evening at about 5:40 pm on Ibrahim Taiwo Road by Abeokuta street, in Kaduna.
According to one of the shop owners, Mr Ifeanyi Eze said the fire started as a result of electrical surge which led to heavy explosion in one of shops selling gas cylinders.
Mr Eze said it was the residents that mobilised to put out the fire before it spread further in the densely populated area.
He said Most of the shops affected by the gas explosion contained kitchen equipment, gas cylinders and refiling facilities.
An eye witness, Mr Samuel Emma said immediately after the explosion, fire emerged from the shop, adding that the owner was slightly burnt and was rushed to hospital.
A resident, Hamza Ado said: “we called the fire fighters but they didn’t come and when we called again we were told that they had no water in their vehicles.
Therefore, when the fire service personnel from the Kaduna State University arrived over an hour after the fire started, the residents chased them away.