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TFD expects more fires in empty buildings as it gets colder

Posted at 4:14 AM, Oct 12, 2020
and last updated 2020-10-12 12:12:49-04

TULSA, Okla. — The fall season brings many changes, including more workload for some professions, like Tulsa's firefighters.

The Tulsa Fire Department preps for a pickup in calls as temperatures begin to drop.

TFD Public Information Officer, Andy Little, said Tulsa generally has many abandoned-building fires.

“A lot of the fires we do have in Tulsa are in unoccupied structures, abandoned homes, things of that nature. It’s caused by many different things. It could be lightning, it could be wiring, it could be someone setting a fire; trying to stay warm or cook, or just plain arson.”

Little added they are ready for unoccupied-structure fires to pick up as the climate gets colder because of those who have nowhere to go.

TFD works with the Tulsa Police Department and the Mental Health Association of Oklahoma to get homeless Tulsans help.

Residents can also pitch in by filling out an online form to notify the homeless outreach and response team, when reporting people panhandling or camping on private property.

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