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Regional News Fri, 6 Apr 2007

Ashanti region recorded 220 fire outbreaks in two months

Kumasi, April 6, GNA- The Ashanti Regional Office of the Ghana National Fire Service (GNFS) has recorded 220 fire outbreaks in the region between January and February this year. The Service also recorded 310 domestic fire cases, 45 industrial, 64 vehicular, 52 electrical, 52 institutional cases and one bushfire. Mr Franklin Philip Masiku, the Public Relations Officer for the Ashanti Region GNFS, who disclosed this in an interview with the Ghana News Agency in Kumasi, said last year the Service also recorded one death and several casualties in the region.

He noted that even though the GNFS was intensifying its public education on fire prevention, the region was recording more fire outbreaks and attributed the incidence to ignorance on the part of some people.

Mr Masiku said the Service was overwhelmed with work as a result of the creation of new districts in the region and appealed to the Government to open more fire stations to help cope with fire outbreaks. He also cautioned people who called the GNFS emergency telephone numbers unnecessarily to desist from the practice.

Source: GNA