The State Fire Service confirmed the incident to the News Agency of Nigeria in Kano on Thursday.
Saidu Mohammed, Spokesman of the State Fire Service, said 30 of the shops were completely razed down while 40 were slightly burnt.
“We received a distress call in the early hours of Thursday at about 03:45 a.m from one Bashir Suleiman that there was fire outbreak at the market.
“On receiving the information, we quickly sent some of our personnel and fire fighting vehicles to the scene of the incident at about 03:52 a.m to quench the fire so as not to affect other shops,” he said.
He advised traders at the market and other residents to be more careful and desist from using instruments capable of triggering fire as a way of guarding against future occurrence.
Mohammed also advised the people to keep fire buckets, blankets and extinguishers that would enable them to curtail any fire outbreak before calling on the fire service.
Okay Nigeria learned that the cause of the fire is being investigated.