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Ebonyi records 1 death in 107 fire incidents

21 November 2013, 12:49

Abakaliki - The Fire Service in Ebonyi on Wednesday said it recorded 107 fire incidents between January and November 2013.

The state Chief Fire Officer, Simon Mkpuma, made the disclosure in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Abakaliki.

Mkpuma said only one death was recorded, adding that it was caused by gas explosion at Amuzu, Ezza South Local Government Area of the state.

He said that inadequate fire-fighting vehicles hindered quick response to fire incidents across the state.

"The service has only one functional fire fighting vehicle for Abakaliki metropolis and one for Afikpo.

"Some fire officers equipped with a handful of fire extinguishers are stationed at Abakaliki Timber market.

"We appeal to the relevant authorities to assist us with more functional vehicles to meet impending emergencies, especially incidences of two fire outbreaks at the same time.

"When we have two fire incidents at the same time, and we attend to one before the other, the impact would have been heavy by the time we arrive at the scene of the second incident,” he said.

Mkpuma suggested that fire service units be established in highly populated areas of the state like Onueke, Okposi, Ivo, Ohaukwu, among others.

"This will ensure the availability of adequate fire-fighting officers in all parts of the state to ensure rapid response to fire-calls,” he said.

The chief fire officer advised the people of the state to switch-off all electrical appliances before leaving their homes.

He urged those who use gas cookers to keep the cylinders outside their kitchens.

Mkpuma expressed concern over indiscriminate bush burning in spite of the law prohibiting bush burning in the state.

"It is regrettable that in spite of the law prohibiting bush burning in the state, people still indulge in the act.

"This has resulted to several fire incidents in the state,” he said.

-  NAN


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