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Fire departments on safety blitz after 16 fire deaths in one week

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"We'll come out and do safety home inspections for our residents free of charge," Lyndon Fire Department's Rick Baker said. "We'll come out and do safety home inspections for our residents free of charge," Lyndon Fire Department's Rick Baker said.
This past week, 16 people have died in house fires in Kentucky, three of them Saturday in Richmond. This past week, 16 people have died in house fires in Kentucky, three of them Saturday in Richmond.
They've ranked Kentucky as 80 percent higher than the national average for risk of dying in a house fire. They've ranked Kentucky as 80 percent higher than the national average for risk of dying in a house fire.

LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) – This past week, 16 people have died in house fires in Kentucky, three of them Saturday in Richmond.

Those fatalities came just two days after tragedy struck the Watson family in Muhlenberg County. The suspected cause in both cases is directly related to how the families were keeping warm. This has sent fire departments on an all out safety blitz.

"We'll come out and do safety home inspections for our residents free of charge," Lyndon Fire Department's Rick Baker said.

They are offering to install a smoke detector, give people batteries and make sure they are using space heaters properly.

"As dry as everything is especially in an older structure, it doesn't take a lot to ignite," Graham Volunteer Fire Department Chief Duane Harvey told WAVE 3 News. He was the first fire official to get to the Watson family home after the call about the fire.

Geography may have something to do with it. The U.S. Fire Administration says fire problems vary by region depending on climate, poverty and education. They've ranked Kentucky as 80 percent higher than the national average for risk of dying in a house fire.

Chief Harvey wishes there could've be a way to save the nine who died Thursday morning.

"It's just hard. But we're going to have to deal with it," he said.

Lyndon Fire isn't the only department that offers free home inspections. The Louisville Fire Department does as well. 

To make a request for a home inspection for Louisville Fire, call MetroCall at 311 or 574-5000.

You can also follow this link: http://www.louisvilleky.gov/LouisvilleFire/IWantTo/Fire_Safety_Home_Inspection2.htm

For Lyndon Fire, call (502) 425-7474.

Many other local departments would be happy to help you, as well. Just give them a call.

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