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Dover Fire Marshal Marking Dangerous Buildings

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DOVER, Del.- Red and white signs posted on vacant buildings is helping firefighters in Dover stay safe.

"The placards are for use by the fire department, " said Dover Fire Marshal David Truax. "When they pull up, to help them with their size up, whether or not they should enter the building for firefighting purposes."

There are more than two dozen buildings in Dover with these signs. And if the building catches on fire, it is usually not an accident.

"Unfortunately, it's mostly arson when we have a vacant building, because all of the utilities are turned off so that pretty much leaves the only alternative for fire causes as arson," Truax said.

People in the community are glad the signs will help keep firefighters safe.

"We have a lot of crazy people with crazy ideas. Some of them like to see things burn," Rosamarie Wallace said.

But there are some exceptions to the sign warning firefighters to be careful.

"If there's ever a report of anybody being inside a vacant building, the fire department will always go in, no matter whether the placard is on the building or not," Truax said.

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