Firefighter fatality on wildfire in Nigeria

There has been a line of duty death at a wildfire in Nigeria (map). From the Daily Trust:

A fire that started at the Mallam Aminu Kano International Airport (MAKIA) yesterday afternoon killed a fire service personnel attached to the airport and injured four others. The inferno, which was said to have started around 12pm and lasted for two hours before it was brought under control by airport and Kano State firefighters, consumed a large part of the bush near the tarmac. Victims of the fire were part of the team of firefighters drafted to the scene and were burnt when their firefighting vehicle caught fire, sources told Daily Trust. The remains of the deceased, Zubairu Sada, have been deposited at the Gamji Military Hospital, while three other firemen and an air force personnel have been admitted at the hospital.

Although the cause of the fire was yet to be ascertained at the time of filing this report, witnesses said it started from the eastern section of the facility neighbouring Fanisau village and continued eastward to a point near Kurna before it was extinguished. Strong wind was said to have helped fan the flames, making it difficult to be put out.

Attempts to speak to the airport officials on the incident were unsuccessful as the public relations officer of MAKIA, Alhaji Musa Shawai, refused to pick our calls. However, the spokesperson for the 303 Air Training School in Kano, WO Oladosa Femile, confirmed that their Aircraftman, Iremiya, was injured in the incident and was receiving treatment at the Gamji Military Hospital.

Another report about the fatal fire.
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Author: Bill Gabbert

After working full time in wildland fire for 33 years, he continues to learn, and strives to be a Student of Fire.