Reports from the National Fire Force has revealed that a total of 16 fire accidents took place in Freetown alone between 1st and 14th April. The 16 cases were those that the Fire Force responded to and recorded in their fire statistics report. Four children were reported be burnt to ashes at Hill street in Freetown. This according to Fire Force is the only fire related death in the past two weeks. Among the 16 cases 12 houses were reported burnt, 1 bush fire case and 3 involving dump sites within the city.
The Officer in charge of Statistical Research and Planning in the National Fire Force, Kandeh Kamara told this press that the National Fire Force was unable to prevent 90% of the affected houses from being destroyed by fire. The reason being, people affected by fire always attempt to fight the fire by themselves and wait until the situation gets out of hands before they call the Fire Force and by then it would be too late to prevent destruction.
The National Fire Prevention Officer, Mr.Ibrahim Sumah expressed his dismay over the manner in which institutions and members of the public have failed to put into practice the recommendations and advices given to them by Fire Force on safety measures and prevention of fire accidents.
Mr. Sumah went on to explain that he has been engaged in public sensitization as stated in the 1980 Fire Prevention Act which gives him the mandate to educate and advice institutions and the general public on the use of fire extinguishers, smoke detectors and fire lamps.
He however, made it clear that the doors of the National Fire Force are always open to members of the public to seek advice on fire safety measures.