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The Nation's news media is reporting the following residential fire (non-arson) fatalities:
December 31, 2009
- 2 dead North White Plains, NY (New York, NY) - Two men were killed in a home fire. The cause of the fire is under investigation.
- 2 dead Huntington, TX (Tyler – Longview, TX) – A 60-year-old woman and her 81-year-old mother were killed in a home fire. Although the fire is still under investigation, officials believe it began with an electric heater in the bedroom. Officials note the home did not have smoke alarms.
- 1 dead Elyria, OH (Cleveland, OH) – A 58-year-old man was killed in a home fire. The cause of the fire is under investigation.
- 1 dead Holmes, NY (New York, NY) – A 58-year-old man was killed in a home fire along with his pet dog. The cause of the fire is under investigation.
- 1 dead Ramsey, NJ (New York, NY) – A 43-year-old man was killed in a home fire. Officials say the fire was caused by a broken lamp in a rear storage room. Investigators believe the man was trying to fight the flames on his own when he succumbed to the blaze.
- 1 dead Martinez, CA (San Francisco, CA) – One person was killed in a home fire. The cause of the fire is under investigation.
December 30, 2009
- 2 dead Russellville, OH ( Cincinnati, OH) – A 19-year-old man and a 19-year-old woman were killed in a home fire. The cause of the fire is under investigation, but officials believe it was an electrical fire. The home did not have working smoke alarms.
- 2 dead North Tonawanda, NY (Buffalo, NY) – An 88-year-old man and his 89-year-old wife were killed in a home fire. The cause of the fire is under investigation.
- 1 dead Pulaski, NY (Syracuse, NY) - A man was killed in his rental apartment, within a motel. The cause of the fire is under investigation.
- 1 dead South Haven, MI (Grand Rapids, MI) - A man was killed in a home fire. Investigators believe the fire was caused by combustibles near a space heater. There were no working smoke alarms in the home. The victim reportedly took the battery out of the smoke alarm and left it out because it went off when he smoked cigarettes.
To find out more about any of the reported incidents, please contact news media in the vicinity where the fatal fire occurred. USFA does not have any additional information other than what is listed here.
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