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Thieves Target Fire Extinguisher Fittings

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HAGERSTOWN, Md. (AP) — The Hagerstown fire marshal says scrap-metal thieves are targeting brass fittings on fire-extinguisher systems inside commercial buildings.

Fire Marshal Doug DeHaven told The Herald-Mail of Hagerstown on Tuesday that authorities have made an arrest in one such case.

He says brass valves were stolen from a fire-extinguishing system in a parking garage. Thieves are targeting metals such as brass and copper to sell to scrap metal dealers at historically high prices.

DeHaven says such systems enable firefighters to connect to a water source on a building’s upper floor rather than dragging water hoses up flights of stairs.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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