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$844,000 up in smoke - city gets good news about fires, bids for ice arena project

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Fires in the Alexandria area caused an estimated $844,000 in damage last year.

The good news: Alexandria firefighters saved more than $1.5 million worth of property that caught fire from going up in smoke.

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That's according to the annual fire department's report discussed at Monday night's Alexandria City Council meeting.

The report was prepared by Shane Schmidt, who is serving his sixth and final year as fire chief.

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