Losses from property destruction due to fire in 2017 nationwide stand at RM5.2 billion a considerable increase from the RM2.9 billion recorded in 2016.
However, RM50.2 billion worth of property was saved from fire-related destruction in Malaysia last year, compared to RM35.8 billion in 2016.
Deputy director of the Fire and Rescue Department (operations, JPBM) Datuk Soiman Jahid said they received around 54,884 emergency calls related to fire incidents, including 2,393 special service calls.
He was speaking during the JPBM Service Awards for Excellence here today.
Also present was state director of the Fire and Rescue Department, Azlimin Mat Noor.
Soiman added that although the tally of losses shows an increase, the number of fires actually fell last year, indicating that the price of property and belongings destroyed was higher.