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FIRE CHIEF: Damage from Kenosha Riots Tops $11 Million

'That’s three years of fire loss for us in the span of about a week...'

(Headline USA) Kenosha‘s fire chief says damage from the riots over the police shooting of Jacob Blake has now topped $11 million.

Fire Chief Charles Leipzig told the Police and Fire Commission Tuesday that the record fire loss came in the days following the Aug. 23 shooting of Blake, a 29-year-old black man who resisted arrest and appeared to reach for a weapon in his vehicle, when an officer shot him from behind.

Blake, who was accused of rape, is partially paralyzed.

“To put into context, that’s three years of fire loss for us in the span of about a week,” Leipzig told commissioners, the Kenosha News reported.

The shooting, which was recorded on video, sparked riots and violence in Kenosha, where roughly two dozen fires were set and numerous businesses were destroyed.

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