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INDIANAPOLIS – Indianapolis Fire Department officials say they’ve now responded to a large number  of fires in the month of December.

On Wednesday morning, officials released an update showing a total of 57 working fire runs for IFD crews this month alone, including a fire that just happened overnight. The latest double residence fire happened in the 1000 block of Eugene Street, where crews say they battled heavy flames and a firefighter was hurt.

IFD says it's an “unprecedented number of working occupied structures for a single month in the IFD service district.”

Besides the nearly 60 fire runs for IFD, the department has also helped surrounding departments during nine other working fires – all fires that could’ve been prevented, officials say.

“We just need everyone to pull together, stop what they’re doing, and take a look around their house,” said Battalion Chief Rita Rieth of IFD, “and that’s where we’re trying to get this proactive messaging out that we really need everyone to take a look around their home and be vigilant about the safety that’s going on in their home because we’re concerned.”

IFD sent out several safety reminders:

  • If you’re using a space heater, remember to keep a clear 3-foot perimeter around it on all sides
  • Keep clothes and furniture away from all heat sources
  • Never use your stove or oven to heat a room
  • Don’t leave food cooking on the stove or a candle unattended
  • Never use generators, propane heaters or outdoor heaters inside your home
  • If you’re sing a wood burning fireplace, make sure that all embers are out before you go to bed
  • Be vigilant in your neighborhood, keep an eye on your neighbors and on any unusual activity around empty buildings
  • Make sure your smoke alarms are working

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