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The victim has been identified in the fatal fire that occurred at 512 Lewis Street on Jan. 30, 2023. The victim was 70 year old Annette Marie Howard. She lived at the residence. Next of kin has been notified. No other press releases will be follow this release.
Lieutenant/ Assistant Fire Marshal
Danville Fire Department
The investigation at 512 Lewis St was determined it to be accidental. There were several extension cords feeding each other, including an electric fireplace. The investigation determined that the extension cords were overloaded.
The Danville Fire Department Fire Marshal's Office wants to remind the public the dangers of extension cords.
Extension cords are intended for temporary use and should never be used to connect a major appliance. The biggest concern with using an extension cord to power an appliance is using the wrong cord, which can lead to overheating of the cord, damage to the appliance, and increased risk of fire or electric shock.
Electrical Safety Foundation International (EFSI) offers many extension cord safety tips. Here are just a few:
So, whether you are in a climate that has more of a need for an air conditioner, or a space heater, always practice fire safety when plugging in appliances!
- Assistant Fire Marshal Jay Thornton
This morning, January 30th, 2023, at approximately 03:50 the Danville Fire Department was dispatched to a report of a structure fire at 512 Lewis Street. Engines 1, 2, 3, 7, Ladder 1, Battalion 1, and Hazmat 2 responded to the incident. Engine three was the first fire department unit on scene and upon their arrival, they found heavy fire and smoke coming from the house. Engine three gave "working fire" orders via radio. Engine three was informed of trapped victims in the house. They immediately went to "rescue mode" and made entry into the home to retrieve the occupants. They went through the fire room to get the woman trapped inside of her bedroom. Once they found her, they brought her outside and began CPR. The Danville Life Saving Crew (DLSC) assumed patient care and transported her to the hospital, where she was pronounced dead. The other occupant escaped the burning home and refused treatment by fire personnel and the DLSC. The house was searched twice for any other victims, none were found. The fire was then extinguished and an extensive investigation has been started by the Danville Fire Marshal's office. Any further questions can be directed to the Fire Marshal's office.
The Danville Life Saving Crew, the Danville Police Department, and the Danville Utilities Department were on scene to assist during the incident. The DLSC provided care to the patient and also provided rehabilitation to fire department personnel. The Utilities ensured there were no other hazards associated with their services.
- Battalion Chief William C. Smotherman