30 people have died in 716 fire incidents recorded in Kaduna State in 2021, the Director of the State Fire Service, Paul Aboi has said.
Aboi revealed this in an interview with journalist in Kaduna, saying the outbreaks were recorded in Kaduna, Zaria and Kafanchan.
According to Aboi, the fire outbreaks were caused mainly by carelessness in the use of electrical appliances and ignorance about the handling of naked fires.
He said January recorded the highest number of incidence with 112 outbreaks, while 94 cases were recorded in March, 91 cases in December and 76 in April during the year under review.
“The high rate of the fire outbreak is usually recorded from December till April because the period is the core dry season,” he said.
He added that in the course of responding to fire distress calls, the office rescued 44 persons, 110 injured while 30 persons died.
“We believe that the advocacy being embarked upon by the state government will help correct the anomaly and ultimately reduce fire incidents to the barest minimum,” he said.
According to him, Kaduna State lost more than N3.7 billion to the fire outbreaks while properties worth N139 billion were saved.
“When there is fire, we want the people to call us in good time and motorists should give way for our fire engines to get to those emergencies in good time,” he said.