More than 30 Fire Deaths in 2012 in W.Va.

By: The Associated Press Email
By: The Associated Press Email

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) -- More than 30 West Virginians have died in fires since January.

The 36 deaths include nine people killed in a house fire in Charleston on Saturday.

Deputy State Fire Marshal Carol Nolte says she can't recall so many fire deaths in such a short period.

Since July 1, 2011, 52 people have died in fires. Fifty-one people died between July 1, 2010, and June 30, 2011.

The state counts fire deaths for the 12-month period from July to June.

State Fire Marshal Sterling Lewis says multiple factors can lead to fires.

These risk factors include substandard homes and a lack of smoke detectors.

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