String of deadly fires in Va prompts warning

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Authorities are warning Virginia residents to take precautions following a string of deadly residential fires.

State police say eight people were killed in residential fires between Nov. 5 and Jan. 10.

Four fires were likely caused by space heaters, while a lit cigarette is suspected in one blaze. A heating unit is the likely cause of one fire and a candle may have caused another. The cause of one fire hasn't been determined.

State police and the Virginia Dept. of Fire Programs say residents should keep fireplaces and wood stoves clean, refuel kerosene heaters outdoors and keep space heaters at least 3 feet away from combustible materials.

Smokers are advised to make sure cigarettes are extinguished before throwing them in the trash, and to never smoke in bed.

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