The Kano Electricity Distribution Company, KEDCO, has denied responsibility for the inferno at Sabon Gari Market in Kano.
A statement signed by its Chief Customer Relations Officer, Abubakar Yusuf, claimed that the feeder line supplying electricity to the market was not on as at the time of the incident.
It explained that the feeder which received supply from Club road was off since Friday by 5p.m. due to load shedding.
The company said “We wish to put the records straight that the fire incidence at Sabon-Gari market never emanated from power spark”.
“It is also on record that the two dedicated transformers supplying the market are still intact and had no sign of any power surge after the incidence.”
It condemned a statement by an official of the state fire service, linking the Sabon Gari market fire incident to electrical fault.
“The fire service never called us to alert us of the incident as they normally do when there is a fire outbreak, but unfortunately for us they just went ahead to blame us”, the statement said.
The company commiserated with the victims, Emir of Kano , and the Government and people of the state over the inferno.
The reports that the inferno affected large section of the market in the early hours of Saturday and it took fire service personnel more than 24 hours to contain.