Heritage (Monrovia)

Liberia: Fire Destroys U.S.$1.8 Million Worth of Property in 2013

Monrovia — The Liberia National Fire Service (LNRS) has disclosed that fire destroyed about US$1.8 million worth of property across the country during the period January to September 2013.

Statistics provided the Liberia News Agency(LINA) indicates that 1,315 homes were affected by fire incidents, while 15 deaths were registered during the period under review.

According to the report, Montserrado County recorded the highest number of fire incidents totaling 127, while Rivercess, Grand Kru, Maryland, Sinoe, Lofa, Bong and Bomi counties had no fire outbreak reported respectively.

During the period under review, January recorded the highest number of fire outbreaks of 25 globally, followed by May with 21 and 19 cases for June, the report disclosed.

It attributed the highest number of fire incidents in Montserrado County to tit being the largest commercial district and most populated city where flammable liquids and combustible materials are largely handled.

It further revealed that 36 cases of fire were caused by candle, 36 by electrical appliances, one generator, others causes are 28, and unknown reasons for fire were 42 cases.

The report named other causes of fire outbreaks as petrol bombs, coal pots, arsons, mosquito coils, spray cans, vehicles and cigarettes.

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