RECENT UPSURGE IN CASES OF FIRE INCIDENTS IN ANAMBRA STATE

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…Emphasizes on Preventive Measures

Concerned over the recent upsurge in cases of fire incidents which has now become almost a daily occurrence in the State beginning from last week, the Commissioner of Police CP John Abang is hereby urging “Ndi Anambra” and residents alike to endeavour and take precautionary measures in order to avert or minimize cases of fire outbreaks during this Harmattan period.

The CP who stated that Statistics by the Command shows that the major causes of fire incidents in Anambra State are basically Harmattan season, Bush burning, Electricity, careless handling of Gas cooker, over-speeding and reckless driving by truck drivers etc, also expresses regrets over the recent upsurge of fire incidents starting from 21/1/2021.

CP Abang thereby cautions the Public against bush burning and reckless driving especially by trucks laden with inflammable substances, and overloading, which incessantly cause electric sparks when in contact with EEDC cables hovering across the highways.

Consequently, the CP futher enjoins residents in the State to always switch off all electronic appliances in their homes,business premises and various offices when not in use to avoid Electric power surge.

It will be recalled that, between 21/1/2021 and date, the Command has recorded about Six cases(6) cases of fire incidents officially reported as follows,

-One filling Station and a shop burnt in Otolo Nnewi when a tanker laden with Gas was gutted by fire while discharging it’s content on 22/1/2021.

-Six shops burnt down on the 23/1/2021 also at Owerri road Nnewi.

-One elderly woman namely Mrs Salome Oyinye aged 87year burnt to death inside her apartment at NO.5 Okumo Ofordile Street,3-3 area in Oyi LGA on the 23/1/2021

Other places affected by fire incidents within the week are Awka and Onitsha while a tanker laden with fuel (PMS) fell down at ugwu-nwasike and nearly caught fire but was prevented by prompt response of firefighters.

The resultant effects of the above cases of fire incidents include loss of life, injuries to persons and destruction of buildings and numerous properties worth millions of Naira, thereby subjecting the victims to untold hardships.