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Woodstove Ashes Cause Chicago Park Fire

Improper disposal of woodstove ashes is the apparent cause of a fire that occurred in the Peardale Chicago Park District on Tuesday. Public Information Officer Daniel Ramey says it was reported as a possible structure fire in the area of Mount Olive Road and Miranda Drive…

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Ramey says the outbuilding was destroyed and was being used for storage of non-essential items by the homeowner. It posed no threat to the home. He says the woodstove ashes had been dumped outside that retained heat and ignited the surrounding vegetation…

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The department says hot ashes are a common cause of fires both inside and outside of homes.

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