GALESBURG, Ill. -- Several significant structure fires in Galesburg have prompted authorities to take stricter action when it comes to preventing fires in the future.
According to the Galesburg Fire Department, the department responded to major fires this summer, including commercial facilities at People's Do-It Center, the former Hawkinson Manufacturing building, Wonder Bread store, and Speedee Delivery Company. Additionally, the department also responded to an array of residential fires in the last few months alone.
Though the causes of the incidents vary in nature, the department says the fires have one thing in common: the lack of a properly working fire alarm or sprinkler system.
"Lacking these protections, the fires were able to grow undetected and unabated for significant minutes," state a spokesperson for the fire department in a statement. "Arriving fire units were unable to make an interior attack which very well could have made for a more successful outcome in these incidents."
The Galesburg Fire Department says residents can greatly improve their chance of survival and save their home with working smoke detectors.
The department also says when it finds a homeowner or tenant without the city and state required detectors, residents will be charged a $75 administrative citation.