The Chief Fire Officer in the state, Martin Agbili, disclosed this in an interview with News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Onitsha on Tuesday.
Mr Agbili said the fire incidents included the recent one at Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) Headquarters in Awka, where card readers were burnt.
He said that three persons died at Ihiala and seven at Amawbia fire incidents which were caused by explosions from petrol-laden articulated vehicles.
“In January, we received 35 fire calls, nine in February; March, 10; April, five; May, eight; June, seven; July, four; August, one; September, one; October, one; November, five and December, 24.
“The estimated savings in the process of fighting fire in 2018 was N16, 585, 650, 000 while an estimated N790, 072,500 was lost to an inferno during the period.
“From all indication, most of the fire incidents have been as result of carelessness by those involved,” he said.
He said the service had intensified fire safety campaigns in schools, churches and markets to educate the people and reduce fire cases in the state.
The fire boss commended the state governor, Willie Obiano, for equipping the service.
He, however, added that recruitment of more firemen and provision of fire trucks would help the agency to deliver more services to the people.
He advised the people to “avoid anything that can cause fire’’, urging them not to hesitate to call the service during fire outbreaks. (NAN) SHARE THIS STORY USING ANY OF THE BUTTON BELOW ⬇ PLACE YOUR TEXT ADVERT BELOW ⬇⬇⬇