9 January 2013

Nigeria: Fire Disaster Killed 81 in Bauchi in 2012

Bauchi — Eighty one people lost their lives to fire disasters that occurred in different parts of Bauchi State from January to November 2012.

The State Acting Director of Bauchi State Fire Service, Babayo Umar Misau, stated this yesterday while answering question from newsmen in Bauchi.

He said statistics at the state fire service showed that a total of 114 lives were saved, while 296 calls were received in the year under review, with estimated properties worth over N209 million destroyed and more than N404 million estimated properties saved.

According to him, N104 million properties were destroyed due to fire outbreaks in October, the worst in the year under review and only one death was recorded in March, the lowest; while 13 lives were saved the same month.

He advised the people of the state against activities that could lead to fire disasters.

He also called on both the federal and state governments to buy modern fire tenders to help curtail fire outbreaks.

"Here in the station, we lack fire tenders to carry out the job effectively and I am appealing to Governor Isa Yuguda to come to our aid. We appreciate the much he has been doing for us but we want more. We need to introduce modern techniques in fighting fire outbreaks.

"These days, armoured fire fighting cars, range rovers, hand control shooters among others are being used to fight outbreaks in other countries and Nigeria should not be left behind", he said.

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