Federal Fire Service Zone F records indicate that twelve people perished in fire incidents in Lagos and Ogun states between January and October.
This was revealed on Thursday in Lagos by Mr. Chika Njoku, the Assistant Controller-General for Zone F, as part of an awareness campaign to stop fire incidents before the year-end harmattan.
Njoku reported that during the time, 216 fire incidents resulted in the rescue of 133 people and the loss of property estimated to be worth N23.1 billion, along with the loss of property valued at N4.7 billion due to fire in the zone.
180 additional people were also saved in the same time frame from various calamities.
Njoku cautioned Lagos residents against engaging in any activities that might start fires prior to the harmattan.
This briefing’s main goal is to remind and awaken us to our level of readiness so that we can handle this time fairly and leave no room for exceptions.
“We are working to reduce the frequency of fires and their detrimental effects on the people they affect, even though we are unable to completely prevent them.
“Our mission is to save lives and property through advocacy, education, training, and firefighting. You can equally agree with me on that,” he stated.
In the event of an outbreak, he urged the public to contact the fire department and take the appropriate safety measures.