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FG scales up fight against fire outbreaks 

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Scene of gas explosion which affected Ogun State Property and Investment Cooperation (OPIC) building at Mobolaji Bank Anthony Way, Lagos…yesterday.PHOTO: AYODELE ADENIRAN

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The Federal Government has commissioned two state-of-the-art ambulances and a fire truck in Kaduna to strengthen state fire services’ response to fire outbreaks within the zone.

The development is coming on the heels of a fire incident in Lagos State last Thursday night, which claimed five lives and left 13 persons injured while 25 cars were burnt.

The state Commissioner of Police, Hakeem Odumosu, who was at the scene of the incident yesterday to assess the level of damage, announced that the Police would investigate it.

Commissioning the equipment, Controller-General of the Federal Fire Service (FFS), Ibrahim Liman, called on the public to take responsibility in mitigating fire accidents.

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He stated that in most fire outbreaks, citizens were the first responders, noting that it was important to ensure that nearby buildings were protected from being affected by the fire.

He called on Nigerians to be volunteer firefighters, adding: “Nigerians should be auxiliary firefighters like in developed countries as that will help reduce the impact on us and reduce the number of fire outbreaks such that before the arrival of firefighters, they are already doing something so that the fire will not spread but curtail it to its origin and control it.

“What is important in firefighting is control but many people don’t understand this. In controlling fire, when property C is on fire, we need to protect property B and D. So, we lay emphasis more on the property that are not on fire because what is on fire is already on fire,” he said.

Speaking with journalists, the Commissioner of Police stated that preliminary investigation has revealed that an LPG tanker developed a fault and parked in front of the OPIC building along Mobolaji Bank Anthony Way, Ikeja, before it caught fire that spread all over the complex and burnt some vehicles and property therein.

Odumosu, who was at the scene with officials of the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC), Lagos Fire Service, National Emergency Management Agency (LASEMA) and Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC), ordered the immediate dispersal of hoodlums who might want to capitalise on the incident to loot goods and other items in the complex.

He also ordered the deployment of additional personnel to the scene to forestall any act of criminality and break down of law and order.

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