Fire calls rise in January

Garage fire contained by firefighters

Members of the Houston fire department record a busy first month of the year by attending nine fire calls compared to three for January 2017.

Fire chief Jim Daigneault said the calls were up for both residential and commercial properties.

“Anything from burnt food to faulty detectors,” Daigneault said.

“We did have one residential fire in January we did manage to confine the fire to the garage,” he added with the house ending up with extensive smoke damage.

There were also a couple of industrial fires.

“The best warning we can give that when cooking is do not leave food unattended on the stove,” Daigneault said of preventing a fire in the first place.

The number of increased calls virtually doubled the hours that firefighters were busy, from 91.5 hours in January 2017 to 182.5 hours in January 2018.

The number of medical calls for both January 2017 and January 2018 was 14.

And the department was called out for three motor vehicle accidents this January and in January 2017.

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