Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

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March 5, 2013

Sites of 2 W.Va. fire deaths didn’t have detectors

CHARLESTON —  A state investigator is urging West Virginians to install smoke detectors in their homes following two fire fatalities in two days.

State Fire Marshal’s Office investigator Jason Baltic says both homes where the deadly fires occurred didn’t have smoke detectors.

A fire at a mobile home in Boone County on Sunday killed 18-year-old Rocky Steele.

A 65-year-old woman was killed Monday in a fire at her home near Charles Town in the Eastern Panhandle. State police identified her as Jeanne Thomas.

Baltic tells the Charleston Daily Mail  that fires can happen at any time. He says anyone who doesn’t have a smoke detector in their home should get one.

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