By Abimbola Ogunnaike
The Lagos State Fire and Rescue Service on Monday, 10 July, 2023 released its mid-year report indicating that 42 people died in various fire incidents while over N14.62 billion worth of properties were lost.
Within the same period under review, the agency rescued a total of 177 victims while N87.72 billion worth of properties were saved.
The Director of the agency, Adeseye Margaret Abimbola in her mid-year activity report revealed that the agency is the first and major responder to emergency/disaster in the state; the task which she noted it has remained committed to.
According to Abimbola, a total of 1,462 emergencies were recorded from the month of January to June, 2023. The distress calls included: Fire – 924, rescue – 92, salvage – 41, explosion – three, building collapse – 2 and false calls – 400.