The Ghana National Fire
Service (GNFS) recorded 15 fatalities resulting from various fire outbreaks in
the Upper West Region in 2019, showing an increase in one case in 2018.
The total number of casualties, however,
decreased from 40 cases in 2018 to 33 cases in 2019.
Meanwhile the total number of recorded fire
incidence in the Region also soared from 161 reported incidents to 193
Mr Abraham Nii Dodoo, the Divisional Officer
Grade One (DOI), the Upper West Regional Commander of GNFS released the
statistics to the Ghana News Agency in Wa.
Even though 2018 recorded less fire
incidents, the total estimated cost of damage amounted to GH¢471,861.00,
leapfrogging that of 2019, which is GH¢275,990.00.
The total estimated cost of salvage in 2018
also amounted to GH¢3,484,100.00, while that of 2019 stood at GH¢1,122,050.00.
Domestic fires, which topped the chart in
both years saw a marginal decrease from 66 reported incidents in 2018 to 65 in
The statistics indicate that bush fires,
which recorded 27 incidents in 2018, jumped to 51 incidents in 2019, while
vehicular fires also scaled up a bit from 14 to 16 incidents respectively.
Commercial fire incidents recorded a
decrease from 27 incidents to 24, whereas fires resulting from accidents also
decreased from 10 to six, according to the statistics.
Meanwhile, electrical fires increased from
11 in 2018 to 14 incidents in 2019, while both years recorded only one
industrial fire incident each.
Institutional fires also increased from five
to nine incidents respectively, while other recorded fire incidents rose from
zero in 2018 to seven in 2019.
December recorded the highest number of 36
and 44 fire incidents in 2018 and 2019 respectively.
Mr Dodoo advised the public to exercise
maximum caution when handling naked fire to avoid needless outbreaks.
He also cautioned drivers and car owners to
ensure proper electrical works and other maintenance schedules on their cars to
ease the risk of fire outbreaks and ensure protection of their property.