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Deadliest Christmas weekend on record for fires in Ohio

(SOURCE: Ohio Department of Commerce Division of State Fire Marshal on Twitter)

DGKN staff report

Fire claimed lives of 10 people across the state of Ohio making this past weekend the deadliest Christmas weekend on record in Ohio from fires.

One person died Friday, Dec. 23 in a barn fire in Monroe Township in Darke County and another person died Dec. 25 in a residential fire in Harrisville Township in Medina County. A family of six died Dec. 26 in a residential fire in Newcomerstown in Tuscarawas County. Two more fatal residential fires each claimed a life Dec. 26 in Perry Township in Stark County and Dec. 27 in Columbiana County.

State Fire Marshal Kevin Reardon had a new conference Dec. 27 with Brian Peterman and Jamie Stewart, fire and explosion investigations assistant bureau chiefs and Anita Metheny, fire prevention bureau assistant chief to provide information and share prevention education.

Weather has an effect on the high number of fatalities as alternative heat sources are used. Officials said with a cold weather snap that hazards go along with wood burners, electric space heaters and kerosene heaters being used.

Fire officials said local fire departments and the state fire marshal’s office can provide information to make sure homes are safe. Residents are reminded to make sure chimneys are cleaned, and when using space heaters, make sure they are plugged directly into the wall and not in a power strip and they should have a clear area around them of at least 3 feet.

Locally, Kidron Volunteer Fire Department responded to a mobile home fire on Christmas Day. Mutual aid was provided by Mt. Eaton, Orrville, East Wayne, and Apple Creek fire departments. Also, the East Union salt truck that heard the call and swung by to make sure the scene didn’t get too icy, according to a post on KVFD’s Facebook page.

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