Another Suspicious Fire

Another Suspicious Fire
By: Arnold Wyrick

Cairo, IL -- I

t's happened again
,
a
nother
fire in
C
airo. 
O
nly this time
,
it's an entire storage unit that's destroyed.

The P

olice and
F
ire
C
hief aren't saying much
,
only that their investigating i
s
as suspicious
,
but now, many folks in
C
airo are asking why someone would destroy their most cherished belongings?

I

t was just before
4:00 a.m. S
aturday morning when
C
airo fire fighters were called out to the mini storage units on the southside of town. 
W
hen they arrived, flames lashed out from several individual storage units. 
O
ne by one, families throughout the C
airo area arrived only to find that they
had lost everything in the fire.

T

here'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 dollars
over 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.
  • Source:  Kitchener