Fewer fires so far in 2013

Less house fires compared to last year so far, but there has been a spike in grass and mulch fires.

Port Alberni fire department has released the fire statistics for 2013 after a number of city councillors asked whether there have been more fire calls this year than last year.

According to figures fire Chief Tim Pley provided, there have been 25 structure fires up to Aug. 13, lower than the 30 recorded by the same date in 2012.

However, there has been an increase in bush, grass and/or mulch fires—40 so far compared to 27 last year. There have also been a few more electrical fires (13) and boat fires (six) compared to this time last year which were nine and three respectively.

There has also been one fire death in 2013.

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