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Settlement Reached in Connecticut Christmas Fire that Killed Five

A Connecticut city on Tuesday announced that it has settled a lawsuit filed by the family of three girls who died in a Christmas morning house fire that also killed their grandparents. Terms of the settlement announced by Stamford legal …

Maine Had Fewer Homicides, Fire and Highway Deaths in 2016

The Maine Department of Public Safety says 2016 was relatively safe when it came to homicides, fire fatalities and highways deaths in the state. Spokesman Steve McCausland says the state ended the year with 16 homicides, far below the average …

Deadly Kentucky Apartment Fire Ignited by Resident Smoking Near Oxygen Tank

Jackie Hisle Jr.’s voice cracked through the jailhouse phone Monday as he struggled to explain how smoking near his oxygen tank might have ignited a massive blaze at his apartment building that killed his son and two others. “I regret …

Kentucky Apartment Building Destroyed by Fire, 3 Dead

Keith Edwards woke up in the middle of the night and heard what sounded like gunshots. Looking out the window, he saw flames, 25-feet tall, starting to consume his apartment building. The massive overnight fire at his central Kentucky apartment …

Home Safety Outreach Planned After 2 Fatal Fires in Maryland County

Prince George’s County, Maryland, fire officials went door-to-door in the Capitol Heights and Bowie areas to make sure families have working smoke alarms and an escape plan in the event of a fire. Their efforts on Dec. 26 come after …

Fire Deaths Up Slightly in Alabama in 2014

Fire deaths are up slightly this year in Alabama over 2013. The state fire marshal’s office says 86 people have died in fires so far this year in the state. That’s four more fatalities than during the same period last …

Miss. Kicks Off New Fire Safety Program, Distributes Free Smoke Alarms

Mississippi’s insurance commissioner and fire marshal Mike Chaney kicked off a new statewide fire safety program called “Operation: SAM (Smoke Alarms Mississippi).” Last week, the program distributed free smoke alarms at the Neshoba County Fair. In 2011, 15 cabins were …

Report Calls for More Fire Safety Education in West Virginia

West Virginia suffers from one of the nation’s worst fire-related death rates. That has officials calling for greater public education efforts. But the state Fire Commission has become too short-staffed to provide this service. A report this week alerted legislators …