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After 28 Deaths This Year, State Fire Marshal Seeks Input

UPDATE (7:44 a.m.): Since this story was first posted on Thursday night, another man has died in a Kentucky fire, this time in Pike County. See the story at WYMT.

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Since the beginning of January in Kentucky, twenty-eight people have been killed in accidental home fires, including ten children.

Two adult victims died in Covington fires. On March 11, a 67-year old woman died on Garrard Street and on January 22, a man was killed in a fire on 41st Street in Latonia.

As of October 2012, the National Fire Protection Association ranks Kentucky seventh in the nation as it relates to deadly fires, in spite of efforts by public and private organizations and agencies to raise awareness of fire prevention.

The Department of Housing, Buildings and Construction’s Division of Fire Prevention, home to the State Fire Marshal, has invited interested parties to a roundtable discussion on fire prevention and the fire fatalities that continue to decimate Kentucky communities.

“The purpose of the roundtable is to identify stakeholders and untapped resources, as well as foster statewide partnerships for the purpose of implementing measures designed to protect our most valuable commodity, our families,” said State Fire Marshal William Swope.

Swope hopes the brainstorming session will come up with concrete ideas to form an action plan, one with a comprehensive program to decrease fire fatalities and increase the public’s awareness of how to prevent home fires.

“It has been said that there is strength in numbers, so in keeping with this year’s national fire prevention theme that ‘fire is everyone’s business,’ we hope we have enough stakeholders interested in creating a united front in fire prevention efforts,” Swope said.

The roundtable meeting will be held at 1:00 p.m. (Eastern) on April 16 at the Department of Housing Buildings and Construction, 101 Sea Hero Way, in Frankfort. For more information about the event, contact the State Fire Marshal’s office at 502-573-0382 or by email at [email protected].

Photo: Deadly fire on 41st Street in Latonia/RCN file

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