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March 22, 2013

Man dies in Jabez fire; 23 Ky. fatalities in 2013


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The National Fire Protection Association says smoke detectors reduce the risk of dying in a blaze by 82 percent.
Robinson said every family should have a fire escape plan, and he said the absence of an appliance considered to be a fire hazard when operated improperly — such as a space heater — doesn’t mean a fire can’t occur.
“Just because you don’t have a stove or heater doesn’t mean something crazy can’t happen,” said Robinson. 
Cain’s death is only the last in a number of fire-related deaths that have occurred across the state since the new year. 
Somerset hasn’t been spared. The community was rocked on Feb. 14 when Arthur Jackson, 51, of Happy Circle Drive, in Somerset, was killed after his home caught fire. Despite firefighters’ valiant efforts to save him, Jackson succumbed to his injuries soon after he was pulled from the burning home and transported to Lake Cumberland Regional Hospital. 
Most recently, three people — two adults and a young child — were killed when a Wayne County home went up in flames Thursday, March 14. 
Douglas Walker, 53, Melvina Walker, 60, and Jaimie Elliott, 3, were all pronounced dead by the Wayne County Coroner. 
On Saturday, March 9, seven people, including five children, died from smoke inhalation after their home in the Knox County community of Gray caught fire. 
Those who died in that fire were Jesse Disney, 27, his girlfriend, Nina Asher, 22, who was pregnant, Asher's children from a previous relationship, William Gray Jr., 3, Camden Gray, 2, and Abigail Gray, 8 months, and Paiten Cox, who would have been 3 this month, and Brielle Cox, 2.
A father and his four young children were killed in January when their home caught fire in Pike County. Billy Wilfong and his children, Dakota, 5, Tyler, 4, Cheyenne, 2, and Emily, 6 months, died from their injuries. The children’s mother escaped and was hospitalized with injuries. 
The Kentucky Fire Commission said on Wednesday there have been 22 fire-related fatalities since the beginning of the year. That number does not include Cain’s death. 

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