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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
The Springfield Fire Department has determined that the cause of the fire in the 2400 block of East Southview early this morning was due to the use of illegal fireworks. Fire crews were called to the home just after midnight when the occupants were awakened by a working smoke alarm and were able to escape the blaze.
Crews arrived to find the home was heavily involved in fire on their arrival, but were unable to locate the closest hydrant due to extensive landscaping around the hydrant. In addition, first arriving crews were met with hail of bullets and casings due to large amounts of ammunition being stored in the garage where the fire originated. While the apparatus was hit, no damage occurred. Also, no firefighters were injured.
The cause of the fire was determined to be fireworks. The occupants had been shooting off fireworks, which are illegal in the city limits of Springfield. They then picked up their trash and placed it in the residential trash cart inside the garage. The materials inside the cart ignited, heavily damaging the home.
According the Fire Chief David Hall, “Every year we plead with the community to take the dangers of fireworks seriously. Unfortunately, no one ever thinks that anything will go wrong. We know they do. We are very fortunate that no one was injured because that isn’t always the case.”
The Fire Department wants to remind everyone that fireworks are illegal in the City of Springfield because of the damage, injuries, and deaths that have been caused by them within the City over the years. Please leave fireworks to the professionals.
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For more information, contact: Assistant Fire Chief Randy Villines, (417) 864-1527.