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In nine months, Gombe documented 13 fire-related deaths. – Official

In nine months, Gombe documented 13 fire-related deaths. – Official

Mr Gerson Maiborgo, the Director of the Gombe State Fire Service, says thirteen lives and property worth N107 million were lost to fire outbreaks in the past nine months across the state.

He said the service also saved 263 lives and property worth over N932 million.

Maiborgo stated this on Tuesday in Gombe while reviewing the activities of the service in 2023.

He said personnel of the service had been working hard to tackle fire incidents, adding they were able to rescue lives and save property within the period under review”.

Maiborgo urged residents of the state to be vigilant and support personnel of the service to effectively tackle fire outbreaks through timely and genuine calls.

“We are now in the harmattan season and as we know fire is more devastating and easily spread because things are now drier and more combustible.

“Residents must be proactive and avoid activities that could result in outbreaks in their houses, shops or offices.

“For those using gas cookers, get your matches close by so that you don’t put on the gas cooker and then start looking for the matchbox and before you know it, the gas has circulated the kitchen.

“Those using firewood, burning wastes and bushes must be careful to control the fire and not allow it to spread,” he said.

The director also advised residents to cultivate the habit of keeping fire extinguishers in their homes, shops and offices for timely response in case of emergencies.

He said the service was well prepared to fight fire incidents to save lives and property throughout the harmattan.

Maiborgo commended the state government for upgrading the fire fighting equipment and training firemen to build their capacities.

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