Nigeria: Fire Razes 33 Houses in Adamawa

Fire Razes 33 Houses in Adamawa

20 March 2011

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Nigeria — No fewer than 33 houses, properties and forest resources were destroyed by fire in Maiha local government area of Adamawa on Friday.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), reports that the separate fire out-breaks recorded in the afternoon displaced about 400 families at Maiha-Gari and Mitsamin communities.

Although no human life was lost, one person was injured and many animals were killed while several kilometres of forest resources were destroyed.

The NAN learnt that a strong wind had ignited the fire in a Fulani settlement and spread through the communities and bush, destroying houses and forest resources.

Currently, many of the displaced persons are taking refuge in schools and other public buildings within the communities.

Alhaji Isa Halilu, an official of the local government, said after visiting the communities that the council has set up a team to investigate the cause of the fires and determine the extent of damage done by the disaster.

According to Halilu,the fire destroyed 21 houses at Maiha-Gari and 12 at Mitsamin community.

He said some community-based organisations have donated food items, blankets and clothing materials to the victims and appealed to the state emergency management agency to assist the victims as well.

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