Witnesses say “the fire started after the market closed on Tuesday night and all traders had gone home leaving only the security guards.”
Officials of the state fire service were already on the site trying to put out the fire which has destroyed goods worth millions of naira.
A large crowd gathered at the scene but security officials are denying persons entrance into the market to avoid looting the traders goods.
Some of the crowd say they either want to help in putting out the fire or try to salvage their goods.
“Most of them trying to get in just want to go and loot,” a security official attached to the market said.
“So far the fire service people are doing well and appear to be able to overcome this thing on their own soon,“ he added.
The “Old market” as it is popularly known is located not far from the main prison and mosque in Jimeta city.