(LINA) – The Liberia National Fire Service (LNFS) has recorded over 25 fire outbreaks in Monrovia and its suburbs between April and May 2015, compared to about 12 during the same period in 2014.
LNFS Director of Public Relations, Col. Jassah Gonyan, who made the disclosure in an interview with the Liberia News Agency Monday, attributed most of the fire outbreaks to the use of sub-standard electrical wires in buildings.
Col.Gonyan lamented that many Monrovia residents are no longer using quality wires to electrify their homes, adding that the use of substandard electrical wires usually results to electrical shocks.
She is also cautioning house owners against the use of candles in their homes to avoid fire outbreaks, noting that since 2012 to present, the LNFS has conducted several sensitization campaigns on the danger that candles pose to anti-fire safety measures.
Meanwhile, Col. Gonyan has observed that most communities in Monrovia have a congested building style which violates the 35ft space between buildings outlined by the fire service handbook, noting that fire knows no borders.