The Ebonyi  Fire Service said on Friday that one person died while two  were injured  in  the 27  fire  incidents recorded in the state in 2016.

The Chief Fire Officer, Mr James Owoh, also told the News Agency of Nigeria in Abakaliki that properties estimated at N683 million were lost to the disasters.

He, however, said the service saved items worth N295 million  in the same period.

Owoh said that the death and injuries  occurred on Nov. 17 at Kpirikpiri in Abakaliki metropolis.

He attributed the reduction in fire incidents in the state  to the aggressive sensitisation campaign  by the service and adherence to safety regulations by residents of the state.

“Compared to previous years, 2016 is much better in fire frequency.

“The Fire Operation Officers embarked on  aggressive enlightenment and orientation of the people on how to combat fire in 2016.

“People are complying and responding seriously to our warnings and instructions to purchase fire extinguishers in their business premises and residence,” he said.

He, however, urged the public to  avoid acts that were capable of  igniting fire.

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