Mysterious fire in the early hours of this morning burnt over 200 shops in Jos main market; causing the affected traders financial setback which would take some time to recover from.

The cause of the fire is still unknown, officials and the victims could not say but while some said the fire started at about 1.30am, the State Fire Service said they got a call at about 12.30am and got to the scene at about 12.45am.

The affected shops deal mostly with second hand clothing, bags, shoes and other accessories.

Speaking at the scene, the State Commissioner of Police, CP Adie Undie, said;

“This incident happened in the early hours, we received a report, my DPO in-charge of this area got a report and he promptly alerted me and we equally alerted the State Fire Service and they too did not waste time.

They mobilized their men but because of the location of this point of incident, it made it difficult for the Fire Service to promptly put out the fire and avoid the kind of damage that we have here.