15 Fire Deaths In Less Than A Week

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Updated: 2/03 6:45 pm
Sixteen Kentuckians have died in the last five days in home fires.

Nine died in a house fire in Muhlenberg County, three in Madison County, one in Montgomery County, one in Mercer County and another in Wayne County.

The cause of many of those fires is still under investigation.

State Police say the fire in Madison County was accidental and believe it was started by a heating appliance.

Fire fighters say heating appliances are the primary cause of many fires this time of year.

They say if you are using a spacer heater, fire place or wood burning stove to make sure you keep it at least three feet away from anything combustible. They also say to make sure you don't cover any wires under rugs or carpets and always make sure your smoke detectors are in working order.

If you don't have a working smoke detector in your home, we've provided a list of a few local fire departments that are giving them away. If you're a resident in one of these counties, call the number or stop by the station to get your smoke detector.

-Nicholasville/Jessamine County: (859) 885-5505

-Winchester/Clark County: (859) 744-1587

-Georgetown/Scott County: (502) 863-7833

-Richmond/Madison County: (859) 624-4774

-Lexington* : (859) 231-5600

*The Lexington Fire Department only gives out smoke detectors to residents 50 years or older, or to disabled residents.
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