Kaduna - The Kaduna State Fire Service on Monday said it recorded 155 fire outbreaks between January and May this year.
The state Director of Fire Service, Adams Kadams, told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Kaduna.
Kadams said the rate of fire incidents had drastically reduced compared to the previous years.
"In the past years, we have had time when we recorded 320 in a midyear and there was another time that we had 600 outbreaks.
"Out of these 155 fire outbreaks, 31 persons died and 51 were injured,” he said.
The director said they received two rescue operation calls from Kaduna and Zaria during the period under review, and blamed the public for delays in reporting fire cases to the service.
"We were able to save property worth N2.1 billion while N789 million worth of property was lost to various fire incidents in the state," he said.
Kadams urged residents to be careful in handling electrical appliances, and to always call professionals whenever there was electrical fault either on the poles or in their homes.
"Most faults are from the people, they should stop patronising inexperienced road side electricians to handle electrical faults rather, they should call on the appropriate office to guide against any outbreak," he added.