FAYETTEVILLE, North Carolina (WTVD) — The Fayetteville Fire Department is on the receiving end of $10,000, a gift from the Hartford Property Casualty and Insurance Agency.

The organization donated the money based on a survey that found Fayetteville ranked 22nd out of 100 cities in the nation with increased risk for home fires.

The Fire Department held a news conference to announce the big donation. As for the survey, it found that 65 percent of respondents stated they had left the kitchen while cooking something on the stove within the past year.

The Fayetteville Fire Department said that unattended cooking is the leading cause of fires in the city. That’s why the agency says this donation is so important.

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The money will go toward resources that will prevent fires and educate residents. One of those resources is called “Auto out.” It’s essentially an automatic fire extinguisher that attaches to your stove.

Even though the stats behind this donation are startling, FFD says it is not a reflection of the overall safety of our city.

“Fayetteville is a very safe place to live.

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