Fire service saves 639 lives, valuables in 6 months

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The Kano State Fire Service said it has saved 639 lives and goods worth N1.6 billion from 499 fire incidents across the state from January to June. The Public Relations Officer, Mr. Saidu Mohammed, disclosed this on Monday in Kano.

Mohammed said that 59 lives were lost during the period, while properties valued at N598 million were also destroyed.

He said the service responded to 364 rescue calls and 91 false alarms from residents during the month.

Mohammed identified careless handling of cooking gas, use of inferior electrical materials, use of boiling rings and improper wiring as major causes of fire incidents in the state.

He urged the public to patronize qualified electricians, use quality electrical materials, avoid abuse of electrical appliances, and monitor the use of cooking gas in their homes to avert fire outbreaks.