Cigarette, space heater blamed for senior living deaths

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A cigarette or space heaters led to three different fires at senior living communities over the past week, killing a total of three residents and sending five people to the hospital.

A cigarette was responsible for the Nov. 27 fire that killed one resident of a senior living complex in Plainfield, IN, according to the Two other residents were hospitalized with minor injuries and are expected to recover.

The building sustained about $100,000 in damage, and several residents were displaced, according to the TV station.

A space heater at a Fair Lawn, NJ, senior living facility for disabled adults led to a Nov. 23 fire that killed two female residents and sent three people to the hospital, according to the Fair Lawn-Glen Rock Daily Voice. The two women died of smoke inhalation, according to, and another resident was treated for smoke inhalation. One of those injured in the fire was a police officer whose leg got caught in a gutter as he climbed down from the building's roof, according to the Daily Voice. A firefighter also sustained a leg injury, according to

A heater also was to blame for a small fire Nov 29 at the Courtyard Assisted Living Facility in Odessa, TX, according to No damage to the building or injuries to residents were reported.


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