Sac City Fire: Watch Out for Phony Donation Scams

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The Sacramento City Fire Department says someone may be trying to scam phony donations for the Firefighters Burn Institute.

Spokesperson Roberto Padilla told FOX40 the alleged scammers used the misfortune of the 3 local firefighters injured while battling a house fire on 22nd Avenue to try make money. To add insult to injury, Padilla said 2 fire department personnel were the ones who received those phone calls soliciting donations.

"They go to work every day fully knowing that they could get injured, hurt, burnt, or killed. It's really sad. I don't know how people look at themselves in the mirror," Executive Director of the Firefighters Burn Institute Jim Doucette said.

Doucette told FOX40 his organization has seen scammers try to take advantage of similar situations before, and that they never solicit over the phone.

Doucette said people wishing to donate money to the Firefighters Burn Institute can do so by attending one of their "Fill the Boot Campaigns."