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Benue records 166 fire outbreaks

27 February 2013, 11:07

Makurdi - The Benue Fire Service said it recorded 166 fire outbreaks in Makurdi between January 2012 and February 2013.

Mr Lawrence Apine, the Director of the service, made this known in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Makurdi on Monday.

Apine said that 136 fire incidents occurred in Makurdi in 2012, while 30 cases occurred  between January and February, 2013.  

He blamed the fire outbreaks on irregular power supply from PHCN, adding, however, that residents also shared in the blame.

He said illegal fuel dealers also complicated the fire disasters through poor handling of products.

The director cited the fire outbreak at North Bank area of the state as an example, explaining that the fuel hawker was responsible for the inferno which destroyed houses and other valuables.

Apine, however, absolved PHCN from the fire incident that destroyed the house of a Chieftain of the PDP in Makurdi, Abu King Shuluwa.

Apine said the inferno was from a faulty air conditioner that was left on for a long time.

The Fire chief said that the service had intervened in all the fire incidents in the state and minimised the scale of damage by putting off such fires.

He, however, blamed members of the public for delays in reporting fire cases to the service.

He said the service was experiencing insufficient funds and equipment for effective discharge of its statutory duties.

The director said the unit had only four functional vehicles for operations and that it was moribund in the past 25 years until it was revived recently by Gov. Gabriel  Suswam.


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