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Kebbi records 173 fire incidents, 1 death in 2020 – Official

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Kebbi records 173 fire incidents, 1 death in 2020 – Official

The Kebbi State Fire Service, on Tuesday, announced that it had recorded 173 fire incidents that resulted in the death of one person in 2020.

The service’s Director, Alhaji Yahaya Zazzagawa, told newsmen in Birnin Kebbi that the fire incidents took place between January to December.

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“From January to December in 2020, we recorded 173 fire incidents and one death and one rescued alive in the process.

“The incidents occurred on these dates of Jan. 18, Feb. 19, March 14, April 16, May 11, June 15, July 19, Aug. 7, Sept. 7, Oct. 7, Nov. 16 and Dec. 24.

“The one death was recorded in Dec. and one rescued alive,” he said.

He attributed the reduction in the number of death recorded to the enlightenment campaigns embarked by the department in 2019.

“Though, we recorded 173 fire incidents high than in 2019, which was 153; but the death record reduced from 11 in 2019 to only one in 2020 due to the enlightenment campaigns,” he said.

Zazzagawa said to prevent further fire outbreaks in the state, it was imperative for the residents to always be careful in handling electrical appliances and other inflammable items.

“More than N240 million worth of properties were lost to the fire, and N450 million of the properties saved during the fire incidents,” he said.

He attributed the fire incidents to mismanagement of electrical appliances, electricity surge, improper use of inflammable items and engagement of unqualified electricians.

Zazzagawa also enjoined smokers to always ensure that cigarette butts were properly disposed, especially when in the grassy areas in the harmattan.

According to him, the fire service needs to have more functional vehicles for quickly responding to fire incidences in the state.

“The fire department is only managing two rickety-old trucks, and recently the Federal Fire Service provided one for modern fire fighting vehicle to facilitate the effort in combatting fire incidences in the state,” he said.

The director appealed to the State Government to adequately equip the department for prompt responses to distress calls and fire emergences across the state.

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