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Monday, October 1, 2012

Canton Fire Chief: Please Stop Setting Vacant Houses on Fire

Posted By on Mon, Oct 1, 2012 at 12:48 PM

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Six fires at vacant houses in Canton since September 26 have driven Fire Chief Stephen J. Rich to make a public plea: stop fucking setting vacant houses on fire, you assholes. It's not safe, it's not smart, and it's not helpful.

His full note below.

To the person or persons setting fires in vacant houses - please stop it. Since the news of a vacant house fire on the morning of Thursday, September 26, 2012, we have had five more fires in vacant houses. This is a crime, our investigators will catch you and you will be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law. I believe that the person or persons setting these fires in vacant houses thinks they are helping out. Perhaps they believe that it is a good idea if they burn a vacant house to the ground or if the house is so badly damaged by fire and then demolished the rest of the way, that they have taken care of a part of the vacant house problem. This is a bad idea. Fire is uncontrollable whether set accidentally or on purpose, and all the more uncontrollable when set in a vacant house which could be structurally compromised in various ways. What you're doing is extremely dangerous. It is going to eventually injure or kill my firefighters, innocent members of the public or you. This message is for everyone who is setting fires. Stop it now.

(Via WKYC)

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