LOGANSPORT, Ind. (WLFI) —The Logansport fire department is taking more calls from the community than ever before. Following a house fire that killed 6 people, these are calls firefighters are happy to answer.
Logansport Fire Chief Bernie Mittica knows healing doesn't happen over night. Nine people have died in house fires in Cass County in 2018. Mittica said that has resulted in a fearful community.
"They're sizing themselves up to these situations is what it comes down to," Mittica.
"When you talk about a story like this you think it's a Cass County problem but really it's an Indiana problem. You look back at the last 20 years of statistics actually the last 40 years and Indiana has been above the national average every single stop," said Mayor Dave Kitchell.
Kitchell wants to make sure his community doesn't continue contributing to those statistics.
"One death is too many but 9 is far too many," he said.
The city is now working to update fire ordinances for both homes and businesses. It's going to add work for firefighters, but Mittica said it's a task he will do whatever it takes to complete.
"I'm telling everybody I don't care where you live at get in touch with us and we'll get in touch with someone to get that taken care of for you," said Mittica.
This coming weekend firefighters are installing and checking smoke detectors for free. The Red Cross has provided the community with as many smoke detectors it needs.
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