20 persons die, N417m property destroyed in Gombe
About 20 people lost their lives and property worth over N417 million were reportedly destroyed in various fire disasters in Gombe between January and December 2018. Wambai Haruna, a deputy director, Gombe Fire Service disclosed this at the weekend, saying, however, that the service saved 2,053 lives and N4.4 billion property while 168 people sustained various degrees of injuries in the period under review.
Haruna said there was the need for the public to cooperate with personnel of the service by alerting them early enough whenever there was a fire outbreak.
He also urged parents to caution their wards on the handling of inflammable items and to switch off all electrical appliances before going to bed, to avoid fire outbreak.
Haruna further appealed to the state government to provide the service with more equipment to enhance disaster management.
Properties destroyed by fire along Sakponba Road in Benin, Edo State on Friday. Pic by Churchill Okoro