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FIre Officials: Don't Give Propane Tanks To Homeless

January 30, 2019 - 3:56 pm

CHICAGO (WBBM NEWSRADIO) -- Chicago Fire Department officials are asking the public to refrain from bringing propane tanks to homeless encampments during the historic cold snap because the tanks are a fire and explosion hazard.

Crews were called shortly after noon Wednesday for reports of propane tanks at a South Loop homeless encampment near Roosevelt Road and Des Plaines Street, according to Fire Media Affairs spokesman Larry Merritt.

While they were dropped off by people trying to help the camp’s residents stay warm, Merritt said propane tanks are unsafe to use for heating because of the risk of fires or explosions.

”We’re just trying to avoid any tragedies,” Merritt said.

CFD personnel conducted a controlled burn of one of the tanks at the site and will be disposing of the rest, Merritt said.

He said anyone who needs to stay warm in the harsh weather should take advantage of the warming centers or shelters offered by the city.

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