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30 Laws in 30 Days: Meth fires to be considered a crime

By Nicole Hernandez TheStatehouseFile.com Editor’s note: This is the 17th in a series of stories about new laws that are taking effect, most of them on July 1.  INDIANAPOLIS – Currently in Indiana starting a meth-related fire is not a crime, but that’s about to change. Indiana repeatedly has ranked first in the nation for […]

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Effort to install more smoke detectors leads to drop in fire deaths

By Ashley Steeb TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Fire officials say more homes with smoke detectors saved lives in 2015. The number of fire-related deaths in Indiana dropped 14 percent last year. “We applaud the first responders throughout the state who have worked tirelessly, day and night, to not only protect those in danger, but also to […]

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State urges safe holiday decorating

Staff Report TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – After the effects of the turkey coma have worn off, many Hoosier will go straight into holiday mode, decking the halls with Christmas trees, holly and décor galore. The Department of Homeland Security is reminding Hoosiers to keep safety in mind when decorating. According to the department, most house fires […]

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Fire Marshal urges Hoosiers to heat homes wisely

Staff Report TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – After an unusually warm week for early November, state officials are reminding Hoosiers to choose heating sources wisely when the temperatures drop. According to the Indiana Department of Homeland Security, unsafe alternative heating sources such as space heaters and ovens are a leading cause of house fires and fire-related deaths […]