Office of the State Fire Marshal

State Fire Marshal Charles M. Duffy

Captain Rob Huss
Government and Media Relations
(360) 596-4010 – office
(360) 596-4015 – fax

*** For Immediate Release***

Date: January 09, 2015
Contact: Deputy State Fire Marshal Lysandra Davis
Phone: (360) 596-3929
Twitter: @wafiremarshal

Fire Deaths in Washington State Linked to Home Heating Equipment

Four people have been killed in two recent home fires caused by portable electric space heaters. “The use of space heaters increases during the colder winter months, we want residents to stay warm, but we also want them to be safe,” say Fire Marshal Chuck Duffy. Duffy urges caution and asks that residences using space heaters practice safe heating behaviors, as this is the peak time for home heating fires.

The State Fire Marshal’s Office offers the following safety tips:

To learn more about winter fire safety visit the U.S. Fire Administration website at:


The Office of the State Fire Marshal is a Bureau of the Washington State Patrol, providing fire and life safety services to the citizens
of Washington State including inspections of state licensed facilities, plan review of school construction projects, licensing of fire
sprinkler contractors and pyrotechnic operators, training Washington States firefighters, and collecting emergency response data.


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