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13 Fatal fire deaths reported in Wisconsin so far this year

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MERRILL, Wis. (WAOW) -- 13 Wisconsinites have died in house fires since the year began. Four of them were from our area.

According to the U.S. Fire Administration, one of those deaths occurred in Neillsville, two were in Park Falls, and one was in Merrill

"They tell you in the fire service that it's superstition, that things go in streeks," said Merrill Fire Chief Josh Klug. "Unfortunately, we're probably in one of those cycles right now. "

Cheif Klug said his department continues to focus on prevention. It's the first line of their mission, "to prevent harm."

Here are some key things he suggests you do before the unthinkable happens:

Close before you doze - When you walk into your bedroom at night, close the door. If your smoke detector goes off in the middle of the night, feel the door. If it's hot, find another way out.

Check your smoke detectors - Most of them last ten years now, but you should always check to make sure their working and the batteries don't need to be changed.

Make a plan with your family (or building) - Chief Klug said you should have a location set away from the building where you can make sure everyone is accounted for.

Tom Lally

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