4,759 Fire Disasters in 2017: 33 Killed, Gh¢31.2m properties destroyed

Figures from the Ghana National Fire Service (GNFS) reveal that 33 people perished while 239 sustained varying degrees of injury in fire disasters in 2017.

The 2017 deaths represent a 3% increase, compared to the 32 people who perished in 2016.
Also, injured persons recorded 62.3% drop from 239 in 2016 to 90 people in 2017.
Additionally, properties worth GH¢31.2 million (GH¢31,201,910.23) were lost to fires across the country last year.
This figure represents 67.8% reduction from the GH¢97.1 million (GH¢97,126,072.40) worth of properties destroyed in 2016.
Ghana every year records incidences of fire disasters, which usually leads to deaths and economic losses.
4,759 Fire outbreaks in 2017
The total number of fire outbreaks recorded in 2017 was 4,759, far lower than the 6,981 recorded in 2016.
This represents a reduction of 31.83%.
Greater Accra topped record highest outbreak
The Greater Accra topped regional breakdown of fire outbreaks: Greater Accra – 1,050; followed by Ashanti with 770.
The rest are Central – 495, Eastern – 419, Western – 384, Brong Ahafo – 358, Takoradi – 312, Northern – 285, Upper East – 224, Ho – 127, Upper West – 126 and Volta – 212.
Regional breakdown of deaths
The regional breakdown of deaths are Greater Accra – six, Central – one, Eastern –one, Ashanti – six, Upper East – 13, Western – three, and Takoradi – three.
No deaths in 3 regions
Three regions – Northern, Upper West and Volta – did not record deaths from fire outbreaks during the period.
Regional breakdown of injuries
The regional breakdown of persons injured include Brong Ahafo – two, Central – eight, Eastern – four, Greater Accra – 29, Takoradi – six, Northern – two, Upper East – one, and Western – 190.
No injuries in 4 regions
There were no injuries in Ashanti, Northern, Upper West and Volta regions.
Central and Greater Accra regions did not have figures for value of properties destroyed.
Breakdown of cost of properties destroyed
However, the breakdown of cost of properties destroyed in the remaining eight regions includes Ashanti – GH¢14 million (GH¢14,098,869); Brong Ahafo – GH¢1.4 million (GH¢1,429,566); Northern – GH¢543,048; and Takoradi – GH¢10,300.
The rest are Upper East – GH¢107,913; Upper West – GH¢174,860; Volta – GH¢236,128.05; and Western Region – GH¢1.1 million (GH¢1,104,263.82).
Domestic fires drop by 39.4%
The number of domestic fires decreased by 39.49% from 2,409 in 2016 to 1,878 last year.

60.6% decrease in industrial fires
On the other hand, industrial fires dropped from 151 in 2016 to 94 in 2017, representing a decrease of 60.6%.
Vehicle fires down 13.20%
For the vehicles that caught fire, the number decreased from 798 in 2016 to 628 in 2017, reflecting a 13.20% drop.
21.77% reduction in institutional fires
Institutional fires also recorded a 21.77% reduction from 160 in 2016 to 132 last year.
Electrical fires drop 11.87%
According to the data, electrical fires dropped from 601 in 2016 to 565 in 2017, a reduction of 11.87%.
Commercial fires down 13.74%
Commercial fires went down by 13.74% in 2017, recording 654 cases, compared to 749 cases in 2016.
Bush fires record 257.11% drop
Last year, 513 bush fires were recorded, compared to a high of 1,832 in 2016, representing a 257.11% drop.

Source: Elvis Darko || The Finder

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