Tallahassee sees more holiday fires in 2017

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By: WCTV Eyewitness News
January 12, 2018

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WCTV) -- Tallahassee saw 15 home fires during the 2017 holiday season and the fire department's "Keep the Wreath Green" campaign.

That's the highest number since 2014, but still down significantly from 2010, when the Tallahassee Fire Department first began the campaign.

That year, there were 41 residential fires in December.

The 15 fires during the 2017 season caused $887,500 in damage, according to the fire department.

"Keep the Wreath Green" features a lighted wreath at Dorothy B. Oven park, decorated with green lights.

Each time there's a residential fire, the fire department changes one of the bulbs from green to red.

Here are statistics dating back to 2010, from the Tallahassee Fire Department:

• 2010 changed 41 red bulbs

• 2011 changed 38 red bulbs

• 2012 changed 22 red bulbs

• 2013 changed 16 red bulbs

• 2014 changed 15 red bulbs

• 2015 changed 14 red bulbs - $1.3 million in damage

• 2016 changed 11 red bulbs - $480,000 in damage

• 2017 changed 15 red bulbs - $887,500 in damage.



 
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