LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI)- It’s been abnormally cold this winter, which can mean a higher risk for house fires caused by heating equipment. However, that has not been the case around Lafayette so far.
The Lafayette Fire Department said they have not responded to a structure fire so far in 2014.
Lafayette Fire Inspector Todd Trent said most heating equipment fires happen during the months of December, January and February.
In Indiana, there were 84 fatal fires last year. In Lafayette, there have only been two fatal fires in the last 13 months.
Trent says the low number is due to fire prevention programs and quick response times.
“We would hope to believe that it has to do with pre-planning, our code enforcement, our public education programs and our service announcements,”said Trent.
While the number of structure fires is down, Trent said they have had several cooking related fires.
Trent said most of them occur due to people reusing old cooking grease, which has a lower flash point every time it’s re-used.