The Federal Hearth Service mentioned property esteemed at greater than N8 billion had been obliterated by fireplace in Cross River from January to Oct. 26.
The Commanding Officer, Calabar Command of the Federal Hearth Service, Mrs. Olumayowa Olomola, disclosed this to the Information Company of Nigeria (NAN) in Calabar on Thursday.
Mrs. Olumayowa Omolola mentioned the obliteration occurred in 13 fireplace incidents reported inside the similar interval.
She mentioned one dying was recorded whereas three individuals had been injured within the incidents.
Giving an instance of the price of obliterated properties, she mentioned, “A transformer on the TCN 33 KVA sub station line at Adiabo, Calabar, that was gutted by fireplace in August is put at a value of N2.6 billion.
“We additionally had the fireplace incident at Marian fruits market that affected over 13 lock-up retailers with items and likewise the Airtel Mast close to governor’s workplace.
“We additionally responded to 2 fireplace incidents on the College of Calabar; one other one at a Catholic college, and one cellular base transformer,” she expressed.
Mrs. Olumayowa, who mentioned that the command answered rapidly to the occurrences, nonetheless, famous the challenges of the Service in Cross River.
She particularly famous the exorbitant value of diesel and absence of water tankers and ambulance on its regular as deterrent to their productiveness.
“Once more, now we have challenges of crowd invading the scene of fireside incidents which in most occasions, denied us entry.
” Most occasions, the intention of some individuals within the crowd is to steal from the fireplace incident.
“We even have the issue of visitors and journey distance to scene of fireside incidents,” she mentioned.