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Fire Chief talks spike in fires


Peoria Fire Department
Peoria Fire Department(25 News/ Heart of Illinois ABC)
Published: Nov. 29, 2021 at 7:03 PM CST
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PEORIA (25 NEWS) - There has been an increase in reported fires in the month of November. During the week of Thanksgiving there were multiple fires.

Assistant Fire Chief Sean Sollberger says none of the fires are related.

“We’re seeing with these fires a lot of human error. Whether that bee unattended cooking, which seems to be the leading cause with a few of these. People smoking and then falling asleep has led to a few of these other fires,” says Chief Sollberger.

A majority of the fires are still under investigation but over a dozen people have been displaced. There have been reports of fatalities from several reported fires.

The Peoria Fire Department says a fatality is always a disappointment.

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