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January 25, 2013

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Firefighters also saved at least three of the family’s five cats from the blaze. It is unclear whether the others escaped.

Firefighters have a tough job at the best of times. The harsh, cold weather only makes it tougher. They have our appreciation and thanks.

JEERS to a scam artist looking for victims in Haverhill.

Police in Haverhill recently have warned residents to watch out for a man posing as a city Water Department worker and trying to enter homes. The man last week tried to get inside several Haverhill homes, telling residents that he needed to check the water because of a system emergency, according to police.

The residents who were approached yesterday by the man described him as 5 feet, 9 inches tall, heavy set, in his early 30s and clean shaven, according to police. The residents said he was driving a dark-colored pickup truck.

Police said any worker sent to a home would have a city department identification card, which includes a photo of the worker. Any such worker would also be driving a vehicle bearing the City of Haverhill seal identifying it as being from a city department, police said.

Police cautioned residents not to let anyone claiming to be a city worker into homes without seeing a proper identification or if they are at all uncomfortable.

These kinds of scams are all too common. Their real purpose is usually to check out a home to see if there is anything worth returning later to steal. Let’s hope this individual is soon caught.

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