• FIRE: On Oct. 2, Platoon 4 sent a full assignment to the 400 block of 18th Street, at 3:06 a.m., for a report of a structure fire. Arriving firefighters discovered bags of garbage on fire in the hallway of the apartment building and their quick response was able to limit the damage to $500. The cause of the fire is suspicious in nature and remains under investigation.
• FIRE: On Oct. 3, a local contractor's van was set on fire, at 4:38 a.m., in the 300 block of Portage Road. Firefighters from Platoon 4 responded to the vehicle, which was fully involved in fire. Fire and police arson investigators were called to the scene to investigate. The van was a total loss and damage was estimated at $21,000.
• FALSE ALARM: On Oct. 4, Platoon 1 was dispatched, at 12:15 a.m., to 901 Cedar Ave. for a call of a general fire alarm in the building. No fire was found, but a security camera captured video of a man pulling the alarm on the fourth floor. This can be considered a felony crime and police are actively investigating it.
• FIRE: On Oct. 7, an electrical malfunction in a dishwasher, at 2:12 p.m., caused a fire at a rehabilitation facility in the 800 block of Cedar Avenue. Damage was pegged at $1,000.
NOTE: This is Fire Prevention Week and this year's theme is "Have two ways out." Just like a rabbit always has two ways out of its warren, residents are reminded to always be "rabbit ready" in case a fire should strike your home. If that happens, your home could be engulfed in smoke and flames in just a few minutes. It is important to have a home fire escape plan that prepares your family to think fast and get out quickly when the smoke alarm sounds. What if your first escape route is blocked by smoke or flames? That is why having two ways out of your home needs to be a key part your safety escape plan.