Fire-fighters try to bring fires under control
Houses completely destroyed by fires (Khoksa-ad, Xaythany district, Vientiane, Apr 17)
(KPL) The Public Security Unit has unveiled that more than 140 fires occurred across the country last year with damage costs of over 100 billion kip (USD 12.18 million).
The main causes of fire incidents were faulty electricity circuits and candles and incense used for worship activities, according to a public security authority.
The fires razed 110 households, nine hostels, 182 stores, five monk accommodations, three schools, two gas warehouses and 12 vehicles. Two people were injured and one died.
The Public Security Department called for locals in society to pay attention and participate inpreventing fires.
Over the last three months of this year, 20 cases of fires were reported, with one of them being severe while the others caused minor damages. There seems to be an increase in comparison with the frequency of fires in 2016.
The damage cost over the past two months of this year in Vientiane Capital alone was over one billion kip (US$125,000), according to Lieutenant Colonel Chanthaboun Manivong, Chief of Vientiane Fire Prevention and Protection Police Department, who gave a briefing on March 14.
“Fire fighters are ready to tackle fire emergencies around the clock. Currently, there are 19 fire fighting trucks available for emergencies. We do our best to arrive as quickly as possible, but we do face some challenges, especially if the electricity supplied to the building is not shut off,” Lieutenant Colonel Chanthaboun Manivong said.