Fire that killed four in Wichita was caused by smoking
A fire that killed four last week, 21-year-old Amanda Nichols, her 1-year-old son, Isaaca, her boyfriend, 27-year-old Camaron McGowan, and his 2-year-old son K’Dyn, Tuesday has been ruled accidental and was caused by careless smoking. Investigators determined the fire started in the living room after a cigarette was left smoldering for two to three hours. The family didn’t have working smoke detectors.
This year in Wichita there have been 10 fire deaths.
Although this fire did not occur in an apartment building, it is another testament of the dangers that smoking poses to families in their own homes. Smoking is the #1 cause of home fire deaths. The Smoke-Free Housing Initiative is actively working to not only protect people from the harmful effects of secondhand smoke but also the avoidable consequences of careless smoking fires.
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