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Flin Flon Fire Chief Jim Petrie doesn't normally believe in coincidences, but after what happened on Friday, he may have to rethink that notion. Firefighters responded to three false alarms in two hours Friday morning, with all of the miscues involving heat detectors. The first false alarm came at about 9:30 a.m. from the Adams Street apartments, where an individual had removed a heat detector. Petrie explained that all of the heat detectors at the building are interconnected, meaning the removal of one of the units sets off all of the others. About an hour later, a heat detector in the crawl space of the Personal Care Home at the Flin Flon General Hospital malfunctioned, sending firefighters racing to the facility. About an hour after that, an occupant of the Green Street apartments removed a heat detector from the building, ringing in the third false alarm of the morning. "I don't believe in coincidence, but in this case, it was," said Petrie. Petrie responded to the first and third alarms alone, while an entire crew responded to the second alarm. All three alarm systems are connected directly to the Flin Flon Fire Department's emergency call line.