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Hanover records more than 200 bush fires

Published:Friday | April 7, 2017 | 4:38 PM
In this file photo a fireman douse a bush fire.

The Hanover Fire Department is reporting that it has recorded more than 200 bush fires in the first three months of the year.

Deputy Superintendent in charge of the Hanover Division, Raymond DeSouza, says the department also recorded 16 house fires over the period.

This represents a 100 per cent increase over the corresponding period last year.

He said based on studies carried out by the fire department the pervasive drought conditions in the parish, faulty cooking equipment, arson and electrical short circuit, are some of the causes for the dramatic increase in fires.

The majority of the house fires occurred in the western end of Hanover, particularly in the areas of Orange Bay, Green Island, Santoy and Logwood.

Deputy Superintendent DeSouza said the fire department will be stepping up its public education campaign in these areas.