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"X" marks the spot for building safety

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QUINCY, Ill. (WGEM) -

If you've driven by the Newcomb Hotel lately, you may have noticed a big red "X" above the door on 4th street. This is all part of a new program by the Quincy Fire Department.

The fire department identifies a building. Then, they send the owner a letter saying they've found some problem areas from a firefighter safety point of view.

The owner can then fix the problem or risk having a mark put on the building, like the "X" on the Newcomb Hotel. The marking mainly serves as a firefighter safety reminder.

"All this does is serve as a quick visual reminder to stop, think for a minute, there's a potential issue here and make that decision if it's safe to go in or not. In the firefighting service, you know we risk a lot to save a lot but we're not going to risk a lot to save very little and if it's a vacant building that's somewhat maybe deteriorating in condition we're not going to put lives at risk in order to put that fire out," said Quincy Fire Chief Joe Henning.

The former Jefferson School Building is the only other building in town with a marking on it as of now. That building has a slash, which means crews are to enter with caution.

As of now, this program just includes vacant commercial and industrial buildings.

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