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No fewer than thirty fire outbreaks have been recorded in different parts of Abia State between December 2023 to date, a state Fire fighting Chief has disclosed.
The Chief Fire Officer of Abia State, Mr Arua Nnanna made this disclosure while speaking to reporters on Tuesday.
Nnanna warned Abia inhabitants to exercise greater caution around fires, attributing the large number of occurrences to the period of extreme heat and scorching wind.
He counselled owners of homes and businesses to unplug their electrical appliances after use, handle combustible materials with caution, and refrain from carelessly burning brush.
The Chief Fire Officer who encouraged residents and business owners to install fire fighting gadgets in their homes and shops, said it would help tackle fire outbreaks before the arrival of fire fighters.
Nnanna further told residents to promptly inform his office about any fire outbreak, reiterating his men’s readiness to respond immediately.
He pointed out that Abia State Fire Service has been receiving the necessary support from the present administration to stop fire disasters.
The Eastern Updates recalls that fire gutted some sections of two markets in Aba in December 2023, where millions of naira worth of goods were destroyed.
Also, a shopping complex at No.2. C Aba Road Umuahia was also destroyed by fire in December, leaving 70 million goods in debris.
In a related development, no fewer than shops and a residential building have been razed after a fire incident occurred near the Afor Nkpor Market, Oraukwu Crescent/Nkpor Old Road, in the Idemili North Local Government Area of Anambra State yesterday.
The Eastern Updates athered that the inferno which happened late on Sunday night was caused by a power surge from one of the shops in the market.
When reporters visited the scene of the incident on Tuesday, victims and some of the shop owners were seen inspecting the damage done while some were rummaging through the rubble to see if they could find any valuable to salvage.