NIGERIA: Fire Kills 28, Destroys N23.3Bn Property In Q4 2022

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Fire outbreaks in Nigeria consumed 28 lives and property worth over N23.3 billion between October and December 2022.

Part of the cheery news is that 40 other persons were rescued in the fire incidents recorded in the country within the review period.

This information is contained in a statistical report of the Federal Fire Service (FFS), which the FFS Public Relations Officer, Mr. Abraham Paul, made available to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Monday in Abuja, Nigeria’s Federal Capital Territory (FCT).

The report showed that 649 fire outbreaks were recorded within the period under review, while property valued at about N145.4 billion were saved.

The report gave the number of properties affected to include 111 public buildings and 230 private ones, 11 educational establishments, 61 shops, 19 factories and banks, nine clubs, hotels and restaurants.

It added that 56 petrol stations, 21 oil and gas facilities, two timber sheds, 63 automobile, 17 markets and 49 others were also destroyed by fire within the period under review.

On the causes of the fire incidents, the report indicated that 122 of the cases were linked to electrical equipment and high voltage, while 16 were due to illegal storage of petroleum products.

According to the report, 32 of the fire incidents were caused by cigarette stub and bush burning,185 by electrical sparks, 37 through gas, 104 due to accidents, arson and automobile incidents.

The statistics further showed that 88 of the fire incidents were due to unknown causes and seven as a result of building collapse.

The report also showed that 17 out of the fire incidents were under investigation.

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