Public Safety

Marion Fire Department warns of scammers claiming to conduct fire-safety inspections

MARION — The Marion Fire Department is warning residents about a scam involving fraudulent fire safety inspections.

According to a news release, an unknown company is contacting residents to set up appointments to check smoke detectors or conduct fire safety audits. The “company,” according to the fire department, is representing itself as an affiliate of the city of Marion.

The fire department said neither it nor the city has hired or asked any companies to act on their behalf.

City employees travel in vehicles marked with a city or department logo and should be able to produce a city-issued identification badge, officials said. Additionally, public safety personnel will be in uniform.

If residents are approached by someone suspicious who is trying to gain access to their home, they should alert the Marion Police Department at (319) 377-1511.

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