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ALARM SOUNDS ON COLORADO FIRM'S BILLS

State and federal officials are sounding the alarm on a Colorado company they say is sending phony bills to Utah businesses.

According to the Utah Department of Public Safety, a Broomfield, Colo., business called Safety Product Supply sends bills to businesses asking payment for fire extinguisher work that was never done."They hope the bills will be routinely paid without anyone checking to see if the work was actually done," said State Fire Marshal Lynn Borg.

Fire extinguishers in businesses require an annual inspection to ensure they will operate if needed. This service is usually conducted by licensed fire suppression technicians in Utah.

Public safety spokesman Gary Whitney said state investigators were tipped to the operation about three weeks ago but do not know how long the bogus bills have been being sent to Utah businesses or how many may have been sent. Whitney said anyone who receives an invoice from Safety Product Supply should forward it to the state fire marshal's office.