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Stevens Point residents urged to take precautions after suspicious fires


STEVENS POINT, WI (WSAU) -  Stevens Point officials are investigating a series of suspicious fires, and they want residents to take a few more precautions.

House fires on April 7th at 3324 4th Avenue and April 11th at 1132 Soo Marie Avenue both started in the garage area and caused very heavy damage. Both of those fires happened in the very early morning hours, but investigators don’t consider the timing suspicious. The cause of both fires is still under investigation, as well as the cause of other fires in the area.

Fire Chief Tracey Kujawa says there are things everyone can do to minimize the risk of fire damaging their home. “What the public needs to do is take steps towards their safety, so that’s why we’re asking people to make sure they secure their outbuildings, their garages, both their garage door and all garage doors entering into the residence. We’re just asking people to clean up around their homes just to make sure there’s no combustibles around their homes just to prevent the potential.”

Mayor Andrew Halverson encourages everyone to pay attention to what’s going on at your home and around your neighborhood. “Please be very aware of your surroundings. If something seems out of the ordinary or is uncomfortable, or something doesn’t seem quite right, please dial 9-1-1 and make the Police Department aware of that.”

Chief Kujawa says they cannot comment on the investigations at this time, other than to say the incidents are all being studied by her department, the Stevens Point Police, The Wisconsin State Fire Marshall, and the Wisconsin Crime Lab.