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Fire department in Virginia seeing more fire calls

Virginia's fire department is seeing more fire calls as more people are eating and cooking at home. Virginia's fire department is seeing more fire calls as more people are eating and cooking at home. |  Photo: WDIO FILE

Updated: April 07, 2020 02:30 PM

Calls for service in Virginia have gone done slightly. But the fire chief said the calls for fires, have actually gone up, with more people eating and cooking at home.

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Chief Allen Lewis said, "On Wednesday, we had seven fire calls. Friday, we had six calls, whether it's alarm activation or actual kitchen fires. You have to be careful when you're cooking. Use caution. Don't leave food unintended. This is not the way you want to meet us right now," he said.

Lewis added that cooking fires are the number one cause of home fires.

Deputy police chief Chad Nickila said that people will be seeing officers wearing masks and face shields, when they are responding to calls at people's homes. "Don't be alarmed. This is for everyone's safety," he said.

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