It was learnt that the fire started from a spark in one of the shops and raged on four about two hours before the arrival of the Federal Fire Service and firefighters did not arrive at the scene until 2am after the market was engulfed by fire.

Five bodies were recovered from the fire and taken to the morgue. One was burnt to ashes while those injured were rushed to the hospital.

However, hoodlums in the vicinity took advantage of the situation to vandalise the shops and carry out other activities before the firefighters arrived.