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Flint preps for Devils Night

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An abandoned home in Flint burns

Flint city leaders are working with neighborhood watch groups and others to prevent an outbreak of arson fires this weekend. 

Flint firefighters have battled dozens of suspicious fires in abandoned homes for months.

 City leaders are concerned arsonists may step up their activity this Halloween weekend.

 Police officer Tanya Meeks is the liaison officer between the Flint police department and local volunteer groups.

"The residents as well as the police department and the city administration, as a whole, we’re all concerned," says Meeks, "We most want to make sure that we do keep an eye out, even more so closely this year than we have in the past, because of what’s been happening in the last few months here in the city."   

 Flint’s big jump in arson fires coincided with deep cuts to the city’s fire department.       

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