Jump in Structure Fires Feared

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A car into a home, a marijuana grow house, and a school. What do they all have in common? They are just a few examples of the growing trend of structure fires in Sacramento county.

“The types of fires we are seeing, a lot of them have to do with carelessly discarded cigarettes, burn material, things like that,” said Capt. Christopher Quinn, Metro Fire.

In 2012, Metro Fire saw a 14% increase in structure fires. By the end of this year they expect to see that jump to 19.6%.

In the past two months alone, Metro Fire has responded to more than 60 structure fires.

Firefighters say there are a number of things you can do to prevent fires in your home.

1) Properly discard ashes by wetting them before throwing them out.

2) Make sure there are no wires being trampled on or running under sofas and chairs.

3) Make sure your fire alarm is working properly.

4) Have an escape route that is easy to maneuver night or day.

Since 2007, Metro Fire saw a $26 million annual deduction in their budget.

“The public is still getting 110% out of us as they always will, but they can help us a great deal by prevention,” said Capt. Quinn.

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