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Firefighters patrol own firehouse

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COLUMBUS, Ohio, March 30 (UPI) -- Chillicothe, Ohio, must provide one firefighter to climb stairs around the clock in Firehouse No. 1, the local fire marshal decreed.

After an anonymous e-mail tip, the marshal's office discovered the station's fire alarm system was inoperable, The Columbus Dispatch reported.

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Fire Chief Bruce Vaughan told the newspaper the alarm vendor ignored numerous calls and "unfortunately, this got by us." He said installation of a new system could begin April 11.

Until then one firefighter must continually walk from the basement to the second floor and back or the stationhouse will be closed as a fire hazard.

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