Abuja- The Federal Fire Service (FFS) on Monday said it saved property worth N19.54 billion from various fire incidents, which ravaged parts of the country in 2012.
Statistics released by the fire service in Abuja and made available to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) indicated that property valued at N5.95 billion were lost to the fire incidents during the period.
The statistics showed that 185 lives were lost in 470 fire incidents in 2012 as against 262 lives lost in 368 fire incidents in 2011.
The information indicated that the oil and gas sector recorded the highest number of fire incidents with 168 lives lost in 164 fire incidents in 2012.
It also revealed that private residences recorded 96 fire incidents that claimed eight lives, while 10 lives were saved in the fire incidents in the period under review.
The statistics further showed that there were 56 fire outbreaks in public buildings and government quarters that claimed six lives, while 10 persons were saved.
NAN recalls that the Controller-General of the Federal Fire Service, Olusegun Okebiorun, had at a news briefing to mark the 2011 Fire Service Remembrance Day, pledged to step up efforts to reduce fire outbreaks in the country.
Okebiorun said that the service was determined to reduce fire incidents through public awareness campaigns in schools, markets and other places.
He expressed optimism that the National Fire Code would help in reducing fire outbreaks in the country.
The controller-general expressed the determination of the service to promptly respond to emergencies and urged members of the public to contact it during emergencies.