A total of 191 fire outbreaks occurred in Oyo State between January and February, the Oyo State Fire Service said.
While addressing newsmen in the state, the Chief Fire Officer of the state, Mr Moshood Adewuyi, appealed to residents of the state to be cautious in the handling of cooking and electrical appliances to minimise incessant fire disasters.
In his words: “In many instances, carelessness of our people gave room for avoidable fire disasters. Majority of these disasters are caused when people leave electrical appliances unattended to.
”Many people leave cooking gas unattended to, resulting in many of the disasters that we have experienced over time.”
On the recent fire incident at Dugbe market in Ibadan, Adewuyi said a welder, who was working close to where a highly inflammable content was kept, ignited the fire.
Adewuyi said in 2019 alone, 567 fire calls were received with 44 of them false while 18 lives were saved with 20 others lost.
He said property saved stood at N255.912 billion, while the estimated loss was N689.590 million
Adewuyi added that 266 calls were received between Jan. 1 and April 20, 2020, with 11 false, adding that, “property saved stood at N767,550billion, while the estimated loss was put at N375.460 million.
He appealed to residents to stop the habit of using phones to record disasters instead of making calls to appropriate agencies to alert them on the need to respond swiftly to emergencies.