Five lives and property totaling GH˘7,395,464.00 were lost through fires in the Ashanti Region last year according to Assistant Divisional Officer (ADO) II Desmond Ackah Essoun of the Regional Safety Department of the Ghana National Fire Service.
The region recorded 920 fire incidents compared with the 2011’s figure of 769, which claimed one life and destroyed GH˘4,402,209.00 worth of property.
He reported that just two weeks into 2013, fire firefighters have already had to respond to 70 emergencies and two people have perished in those fires.
He said the Ghana National Fire Service has stepped up its public education campaign to help bring down fire outbreaks and the resultant devastation to lives and property.
ADO II Essoun said majority of fire disasters that occurred in the region were domestic, accounting for close to a half of the 2012 total.
He attributed the upsurge of fire cases to carelessness and the mishandling of electricity, gas and other combustible materials. In addition to these, he mentioned the use of sub-standard electrical gadgets and illegal power installations, particularly in the markets.
He said that people must heed fire safety warnings and keep fire safety education in mind education.