Katsina - No fewer than 130 fire outbreaks were recorded in Katsina State between January 2013 and now, the state Commissioner for Information, Alhaji Gide Sani, has said.
The commissioner made this known on Thursday when the state committee on prevention of fire outbreak visited Kankia, in Kankia Local Government Area, to sensitise residents on the danger of fire outbreak.
Sani, who is the chairman of the committee, said the state government was concerned over the rampant cases of fire outbreak, adding that the committee was set up to mobilise the people to be safety conscious.
He said the committee would enlighten the public in the 34 local government areas on ways to prevent fire outbreak.
Sani solicited the support of traditional and religious leaders to ensure that the campaign reach the grassroots.
The commissioner said the government had established fire service offices and procured fire fighting vehicles in some local government areas, as part of the efforts to contain the situation.
He advised the people of the area to caution their children against playing with fire, to prevent avoidable loss of lives and property.
In a remark, the Deputy Chief Fire Officer in the state, Ali Alkasim, urged the people to avoid uncontrolled use of fire to safeguard themselves against fire outbreak.
Earlier, the Kankia Local Government Caretaker Chairman, Abubakar Lawal Kaita, commended the state government for setting up the committee, and urged the government to construct a fire service office in the area.