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JUST IN: We recorded 480 fire incidents in 2023, saved 12 lives, says Enugu Chief Fire Officer

The Enugu State Fire and Rescue Service said it recorded 480 fire incidents, saved 12 lives and properties worth N115,250,540,000 in 2023 through it’s operations.

The Director of the Service, Engr. Okwudiri Ohaa, dropped this hint Sunday as part of achievements of the agency in 2023.

Giving a breakdown, Engr.Ohaa said his agency carried out a total of 121 rescue operations in January 2023,, 80 in February, 23 in March, 34 in April, 29 in May, and 23 in June 2023.

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The others are 20 fire incidents in July, 20 in August, 18 in September, 23 in October, 16 in November, and 61in December 2023.

The director said that on the category level, the service attended to 279 building fire incidents, 48 bushfires, 28 vehicle fires, eight fuel station fire incidents, 17 market fire incidents, and four gas fire incidents.

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He said the rest are 12 direct human victims rescue incidents, two dumpster fire incidents, eight stand fire incidents, seven extinguished fire on arrival after calls, 13 false calls and 32 other forms of incidents uncategorised.

Ohaa said the service had a successful 2023 service delivery to the people of Enugu State.

He, however, said it was unfortunate that they lost Chigozie Ugwu, a senior fire officer, in the line of duty in 2023.

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“Chigozie Ugwu, an exceptional and dedicated officer, died while fighting a fire outbreak at motor spare parts market, Coal Camp, Enugu, on December 13,” he said.

The director explained that the incidents in December, January and February had remained high due to the weather and atmospheric conditions.

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