Officials: Smoking in Bed Caused VA Fire That Killed Six

Chesterfield County Fire and EMS

Bill Atkinson

The Progress-Index, Petersburg, Va.


CHESTERFIELD — Fire authorities said Monday that someone smoking in bed was responsible for a major house fire last month in northern Chesterfield that killed six people.

The state medical examiner’s office identified the last of the six victims as Linda Carlton, 70, a resident of the home in the 9900 block of Glass Road. The county fire marshal said the early-morning blaze April 16 started in a bed and was related to smoking.

Three children and three adults died as a result of the fire. Another three residents survived.

There were working smoke detectors in the house, authorities said. A preliminary investigation indicated no signs of foul play.

Glass Road is located near the intersection of Hull Street and Courthouse roads

Chesterfield Fire said the April 16 fire is a reminder to make sure all smoke alarms are operating in your residence, you have an established fire-escape plan with two exits, and you do not delay in calling 911 for help.

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