Warming shelters open in Muncie for people to escape bitter cold

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MUNCIE, Ind. -- Warming shelters are open in various cities across central Indiana as temperatures reach bitterly cold and dangerous temperatures.

In Muncie, city officials enacted their warming shelter protocols earlier this week. All seven fire stations are open 24 hours. City Hall is also open any time through the day or night.

"In inclement weather like this, it doesn’t take very long being outside to get frostbitten," said Muncie Fire Department Chief Edward Bell. "You can come in, we’ll get you some coffee, get you warmed up."

If medical services are needed, the fire department will also ensure EMS are able to check out anyone who might be suffering from frostbite.

People who need a break from the cold temperatures are encouraged to take advantage of warming shelters, rather than taking the risk of unsafely using space heaters to heat a home.

"If you have problems with your furnace at home, you’re more than welcome to come here and stay warm until we can actually find you a place to go," Bell said.

The warming shelters will close on Friday.

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