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Fire claims 15 lives, N126m property in Zamfara

19 November 2012, 16:08

Zamfara - Fire outbreaks in parts of Zamfara State resulted in the death of 15 persons and injury to more than 30 others this year, the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), reports.

Abdullahi Jibo, the Public Relations Officer (PRO), of Zamfara State Fire Service, told newsmen in Gusau on Monday that the casualties were for January to November 2012.

He said that more than 100 persons were rescued by men of the fire service during the period.

Jibo, who said that the service received several calls from victims during the period under review, stated that property worth about N126 million were also destroyed in the reported outbreaks.

He, however, said that property estimated at about N946 million were saved by fire fighters.

Jibo said most of the outbreaks resulted from illegal electricity wiring, storage of petrol in residential areas, and carelessness in the use of matches, candles and gas cookers.

He appealed to the public to alert the fire service department immediately there was any fire outbreak.

He also urged them to take the necessary precaution in using electricity and other things that had the capacity of igniting fire.

The PRO said that help lines of the fire service department were always free and open for public calls.

He also called on the state government to provide more fire fighting machines to boost the capacity of the fire fighters to combat any outbreak and reduce casualties.

NAN

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