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AFR warns of increase in fires as colder weather approaches

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AFR says intentional dump fires start or happen because people are improperly disposing of materials. Either way, those things may seem contained but it can still spiral out of control quickly.

“We know that there is a homelessness crisis in Albuquerque. So during the winter months when it gets cold, homeless people start building fires to keep themselves warm,” said Ruiz. The homeless shelter next door.

KOB 4 has reported several types of fires in the last year.

“We deal with a significant amount of those fires every day in town and we just try to keep those people as safe as possible,” says Ruiz.

Ruiz said their goal is to make sure people are safe and give the homeless the resources they need, but they can’t do much more than that. He said there is a difference between an intentional fire and an unintentional one.

“If they are in an uninhabited structure and they light a fire to keep warm, yes, starting that fire is intentional but probably not intentional to burn down that home or business, ‘ said Ruiz.

There’s a chance those fire calls could increase as it gets colder, Ruiz said.

https://www.kob.com/albuquerque-news/afr-warns-of-uptick-in-fires-as-colder-weather-approaches/6324662/?cat=500 AFR warns of increase in fires as colder weather approaches

Yasmin Harisha

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