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L.A. mayor, fire chief announce measures to prevent dangerous blazes
L.A. mayor, fire chief announce measures to prevent dangerous blazes

After an unusually high number of fire deaths this year, Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti and Fire Chief Ralph Terrazas announced new initiatives Monday to prevent dangerous blazes. Terrazas said the Fire Department is launching a pilot program in Watts in which firefighters will canvass neighborhoods to provide smoke alarms and batteries for homes. Detectors and batteries are also available for free at all 106 fire stations in the city, he said. So far in 2014, there have been 20 deaths from structure fires, which is close to the average yearly total for the city, Terrazas said. "That is 20 deaths too many," he said. There were 20 fire-related deaths last year, 22 in...

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