In the last two months, there have been three major house fires in Merrill. Two have been deadly, and in the most recent there were injuries.
Chief Josh Klug says one of the things the Merrill Fire Department has always prided itself on is the amount of fire prevention they do within the community.
"The first part of our mission statement is to prevent harm," Klug said.
Klug says there were just two deaths over the past last 15 years. But, now with two in the last two months, it's raising fire safety awareness.
We want to make this, obviously, a positive thing," Klug said. "Where people moving forward can say, 'hey, what can i do in my home? How can we remember these victims by doing a little part to make your home and community and our community even safer."