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Another Suspicious Fire

Another Suspicious Fire
By: Arnold Wyrick

Cairo, IL -- It's happened again, another fire in Cairo.  Only this time, it's an entire storage unit that's destroyed.

The Police and Fire Chief aren't saying much, only that their investigating is as suspicious, but now, many folks in Cairo are asking why someone would destroy their most cherished belongings?

It was just before 4:00 a.m. Saturday morning when Cairo fire fighters were called out to the mini storage units on the southside of town.  When they arrived, flames lashed out from several individual storage units.  One by one, families throughout the C airo area arrived only to find that theyhad lost everything in the fire.

There's even more bad news for many of the folks who stored their belongings in the storage units, they had no insurance.

 

 

 

 

 

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Fire Facts
  • In 1992 fire departments in the United States responded to 1,964,500 fires.
  • There were 637,500 structure fires in 1992, of which 472,000 occurred in residences. There were 922,000 "outside property" (not in structures) fires in 1992.
  • In 1999, there were 523,000 structure fires, 74% of which were in homes. There were 3,570 fire deaths, 81% of them in homes.
  • Property damage from fires was over 10 billion dollarsover half of which was residential property.
  • Fire deaths peak from the hours of 11 p.m. to 5 a.m. These fires often smolder for several hours, then suddenly produce large quantities of smoke and open flames.
  • About 100 firefighters are killed each year in duty-related incidents.
  • Between 1994 and 1998, an average of 4,400 people lost their lives and another 25,100 were injured annually as the result of fire.

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