Ashland (Otober 5, 2019) – One person was reported to have died in a house fire that occurred on the 1900 block of Central Avenue on Saturday evening. The identity of the victim has not been released.

The cause of the fire is under investigation. Crews were reported to be on the scene investigating until early Sunday morning. The fire caused Central Avenue to be shut down for several blocks in the vicinity of the fire as of 12:30 of Sunday morning.

About Fire and Related Injuries

We offer our sympathies and compassion to the friends and loved ones of the victim. Unfortunately, as seen in this case, fires can result in injuries and fatalities. Fires can vary in degree of danger, depending on the layout of the structure affected or the materials used in the building. All that said, the most important thing to remember when one is in a fire is to get out of a burning structure as quickly as possible. Aside from burns, fires can also lead to smoke inhalation, and crush injuries if a structure collapses on top of a victim.

We ask people to be aware of what to do in a fire, and educate especially vulnerable people such as children and the elderly. Knowledge that can help in case of a fire is first aid, operation of a fire extinguisher, and learning the best way to get out of a burning building. However, it is still best to prevent fire injuries in the first place. The top two causes of house fires are cooking equipment or electrical malfunction.

Knowing these risks, homeowner should make sure that their residence is protected from the dangers of fire. Cooking equipment should always be used with caution and never left unsupervised. As for electrical problems, it is best to make sure that all outlets are in proper working condition and that devices especially are not left charging for too long. These safety reminders can save not only your life, but the lives of other people around you.

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