Ghana loses GHC86 million to fires between January and September

The Ghana National Fire Service has disclosed that about GHC86 million worth of properties were lost to fires across the country between January and September 2016.

Public Relations Officer of Fire Service, Prince Billy Anaglate said even though fire outbreaks declined from 6,214 last year to 4,373 this year, the cost of properties damaged has increased by more than 50 per cent.

Ghana every year records incidences of fire disasters, which usually leads to economic losses. This year, the cost of items damaged has increased from GHC28, 282,081 in 2015 to GHC85, 916, 355 in 2016.

Figures from the Ghana National Fire Service also indicate that 31 per cent and 18 per cent of the cases occurred in Greater Accra and Ashanti regions respectively.

A total of 1, 365 representing 31per cent of the cases were domestic.
Mr Billy Anglate said 90 per cent of the outbreaks recorded would have been controlled if distress calls were received on time.

He feared that there could be more fire outbreaks, especially during the Christmas and New Year festivities due to the harmattan.

Mr Anaglate, therefore, cautioned the general public to adhere to basic fire safety practices to avoid incidents of fires.

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