Emergency responses were on the rise which has the Fire Chief concerned.
The numbers were up by 7% over the previous year, though no injuries or deaths were reported locally.
This counters a five year trend which showed a decrease in fire department responses of almost 30% between 2012 and 2017.
2018 was a deadly year with persons dying in fires at a higher than normal level according to provincial fire officials.
[perfectpullquote align=”full” bordertop=”false” cite=”” link=”” color=”” class=”” size=””]“Deaths due to fires have been on a gradual decline in recent years, but in 2018 the number of people who died in fires across Ontario rose to 101,” says Chief Larry Brassard of the Gravenhurst Fire Department. “Everyone needs to be aware of this because far too often people tend to disassociate themselves from this reality,”[/perfectpullquote]
The leading causes of fires continue to be careless smoking related and fires that occur in the kitchen. Often alcohol consumption added to the mix spells disaster.