ABUJA – Property worth more than N12.9 billion were saved from and another worth N12.9 billion were lost to various fire disasters in Lagos and the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) from January to June.
The statistics said that from January to March, N1.5 billion worth of property were lost, while N5.5 billion were saved from the inferno during the period under review.
It said that from April to June, N1.8 billion worth of property were lost to fire outbreak, while N7.3 billion were saved.
According to the statistics, 175 fire outbreaks occurred in the first quarter with 23 lives lost, five saved and one person rescued, while in the second quarter 150 outbreaks occurred with 115 lives lost and none saved. [eap_ad_1] It said that 14 of the outbreaks in the first half of the year were caused by candle, 76 by electrical spark, 23 by accident, eight by gas and three by bomb explosions, while 13 were still under investigation to ascertain cause.
The statistics said the cause of 155 of the fire outbreaks was still unknown, while six were caused by electrical equipment, high voltage from PHCN and eight by bush fires.
It said others were caused by building collapse and illegal storage of petroleum products.
“Sixty four fire outbreaks occurred in public buildings, 160 from private dwellings, two from educational establishments, seven from shops and four from clubs, hotels and restaurants.
“Others include: banks three, petrol stations 25, oil and gas services eight, timber sheds two, automobile 26, markets four and 20 were put out due to false calls,” it added.
According to the statistics, 155 people died due to bomb explosions, 21 died due to fire in public buildings and 94 from fire outbreaks in petrol stations.
It added that 13 people died from fire in private dwellings, 10 from automobile crash, two from accidents while the cause of death of over 11 persons were yet to be ascertained. (NAN)