Ashanti Reg. records 270 fire outbreaks in two weeks

The Ashanti region has recorded 270 fire outbreaks in the past two weeks, officials of Fire Service have revealed.

The figure, according to the Ghana national Fire Service, has shot up from last year’s figure of 217 for the same period.

Bush fires topped the number of fire incidents in the region with 63 recorded cases followed by domestic fire with 26 reported cases and 13 commercial incidents, including market fire outbreaks.

Ashanti has also recorded 16 vehicular fire incidents and four cases related to poor electrical installation.

Fire Commander, Assistant Chief Fire Officer, Semekor Fiadzo, told TV3 the fire outbreak situation in the Region was becoming alarming despite the increased public education that have gone on

He announced plans to institute market fire patrol team in the region as a means to ensuring a reduction in the fire incidence

Meanwhile, as part of activities to curtail the rate of fire outbreaks, the Regional Fire Office has embarked on an educational walk to sensitize the public on fire safety.

They marched through the principal streets of Kumasi, including Adum, Pampaso, Kejetia area, Central market, Rroman hill, Fante New Town, Asafo and Neoplan station.

The Education and Safety Unit at Fire Department is tasked to sensitize schools, institutions and local communities through outreach programmes.

Director safety of the Ghana National Fire Service, Deputy Chief Fire Officer, Michael Yarquah, wants the public to be fire conscious.

By Benjamin Adioo||Ghana

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