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Published: Monday, 1/4/2010

Ohio fires already kill 9 in 2010


COLUMBUS, Ohio — The new year is in only its fourth day, and already fires have killed nine people in Ohio in 2010.

Spokesman Shane Cartmill in the Ohio fire marshal's office says the number is a concern. He says there were just two fire fatalities in the state during the first week of last year.

Cartmill says all the fatal fires since New Year's Day remain under investigation. He says there are few common threads, though many of the cases have questions about smoke detectors.

The latest death was early Monday. A 65-year-old woman was killed by a fire at a mobile home in Portsmouth in southern Ohio.

The deadliest fire so far in 2010 also was in a mobile home and killed two young children and their parents in the north-central Ohio community of Greenwich on Saturday.

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