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the rear bedroom, but smoke alarms in
other locations had been removed and
were not operational.
The fire department reported that
17 apparatuses and 40 personnel
responded to the fire. The last unit did
not clear the scene until just before 9
a.m. the following morning.
One firefighter was transported to a
clinic for a sprain or strain injury when
he was struck by a partial ceiling collapse.
The house was a two-story wood
structure comprised of two units and
occupied a ground floor area of 1,600
square feet (149 square meters).
The fire caused $150,000 in damage
to the house, valued at $250,000, and
$50,000 in damage to contents, valued
at $62,500.

OHIO
Heat from lamp causes fatal
house fire
An early morning house fire that began
when a lamp was knocked over and

ignited window drapes claimed the life
of a male occupant.
The fire department responded
following a call to 911 at 4:46 a.m. by
another occupant of the residence. Initial reports indicated that an occupant
was trapped on the second floor of the
two-story structure, where smoke conditions were reported.
Firefighters entered the structure
for a rescue attempt, but found the
trapped occupant on the floor of his
second-floor bedroom. Crews were able
to knock the fire down.
Two other residents of the house
were able to evacuate.
The resident who called 911 reported
that he was asleep on the first floor
when he was awakened by a smoke
detector. After discovering the fire on
the second floor, he indicated that he
tried to enter the victim's room but was
driven back by thick smoke. He then
alerted a third occupant and the two
made their way outside.

There was no working smoke detector in the victim's bedroom, according
to fire department reports.
Investigators determined that a lamp
had been knocked over during the night
and came in contact with bedroom curtains, igniting a fire that then spread to
an interior wall covering. Intoxication
may have been a factor that complicated
the victim's ability to escape.
The house was a wood structure and
occupied a ground floor area of 1,088
square feet (101 square meters).
The fire caused $20,000 in damage
to the structure, valued at $51,000, and
$5,000 in damage to contents, valued
at $25,000.

NEW YORK
Smoking while on oxygen blamed for
fatal fire
A woman with a mobility disability
died in a fire that ignited when she lit a
cigarette while using a nasal cannula in
her living room.

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