2023 Captures 41 Fire Incidents, Eleven Deaths —- Fire Expert Reveals

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A local fire prevention and monitoring firm has released a report detailing the level of destructions to lives and properties as a result to fire outbreak in various communities across the country over the last 14 months. The Report commissioned by the Liberia Fire Safety supply indicated that at least 11 persons lost their lives in 41 fire incidents between January 2023 to February 2024. Most of the victims the report noted were women, children and elderlies trap in building during the blazes. The Liberia Fire Safety Supply report attributed the outbreaks to electrical fault, negligence in handling inflammable materials, and the lack of preventive infrastructure to deal with the situation. The Expert Group warmed that more harms are expected unless preventive measures are put in place to stop future fire incident. Speaking to reporters at the Gardnerville Office over the weekend, the Senior Author of the report and Founder of the Fire Prevention Group said his organization has develop a framework aim at minimizing fatalities during a major fire outbreak in all communities across Liberia. Mr. Josephus Debblay explained that the plan includes mandatory installation of smoke detectors in government entities, residential quarter and commercial building to detect fire at all time. He emphasize that when approved by the Legislature and the Executive Branch, the measure will help alert occupants to any potential fire hazard and safe lives and properties. He said the preventive measure also includes the provisions of mass awareness and education on the causes and prevention of fire, using flyers and media outlets. Josephus Debblay is a United States Fire Expert with wide range of experience in firefighting and prevention. Meanwhile, relatives and friends of victims of fire disasters have welcome a proposed compulsory installation of smoke detectors as a major breakthrough in preventing fire incidents.

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