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State Fire Marshal discusses Ohio's deadliest Christmas weekend for fires

Fires in Ohio claimed 10 lives over the weekend, including six in a house fire in Newcomerstown.

COLUMBUS, Ohio — Following Ohio's deadliest Christmas weekend on record for fires, State Fire Marshal Kevin Reardon hosted a press conference to share information on the fires and provide prevention education.

You can rewatch the entirety of the press conference in the YouTube player at the bottom of this story.

Joining Reardon at Tuesday's press briefing were the following:

  • Brian Peterman - Fire & Explosion Investigations Assistant Bureau Chief
  • Jamie Stewart - Fire & Explosion Investigations Assistant Bureau Chief
  • Anita Metheny – Fire Prevention Bureau Assistant Chief

Tuesday's press conference came after the state of Ohio reported a total of 10 fatalities as the result of five fires from Friday, Dec. 23-Tuesday, Dec. 27. Six of those fatalities came as the result of a house fire that occurred in Newcomerstown in Tuscarawas County early Monday morning, with fatalities also reported as the result of fires in Lodi and Perry Township.

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