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Kitchen fires are focus of Farmington Fire Department prevention efforts


Kitchen fires — or, more accurately, cooking fires — are the number one cause for structure fires around the United States. In Farmington, kitchen fires have accounted for 17 structure fires over the past seven years.

Fire Prevention Week is Oct. 6-12. While it is a national observance, the Farmington Fire Department will do its own work to bring the week’s theme, Prevent Kitchen Fires, to the community.

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Michelle Leonard
Michelle Leonard started covering the Farmington community in June, 1994. Michelle earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Mass Communications: News-Editorial from Mankato State University in 1991. She is an active member of the Farmington American Legion Auxiliary Unit 189, and acts as the volunteer coordinator for the Minnesota Newspaper Museum which is open annually during the Minnesota State Fair. She has earned Minnesota Newspaper Association awards in Investigative Reporting, Local News Coverage, Feature Photography and Column Writing. 
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