The Anambra Fire Service yesterday said it recorded no fewer than 76 fire incidents across the state between January and June, this year. Acting Deputy Director of the service, Mr Innocent Mbonu, made this known in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Awka. Mbonu said that the incidents included the petroleum tanker fire at the Asaba Park in Upper Iweka area of Onitsha, in which many lives were lost.
He said that 39 fire cases were reported across the state in January, nine each in February and March, eight in April and 10 each in May and June. He said that the agency responded to most of the incidents except the cases where it was called in late.
Mbonu, however, said that the agency was still faced with some challenges which had continued to account for delays in its response to emergencies. He said that some of the challenges were inadequate man power, fire trucks and other consumables for fire fighting, stressing that if resolved, the service would serve the public better.
He also appealed to the state government to provide boreholes in all the eight fire stations and at strategic locations across the state, to ease refilling of trucks during emergencies. Mbonu advised the public to avoid hoarding petroleum products, over loading electrical appliances as well as cut down bushes around their homes as part of measures to reduce fire outbreaks. (NAN)