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Misconceptions about fires

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GREENVILLE, N.C. - Over the past two weeks, fires have been the cause of six deaths in Eastern Carolina.

Fire officials say that having a working smoke detector is essential.

"If you do have smoke alarms in your house, do they work? This is a great time to go and check them," said Mekenzie Cox with Greenville Fire and Rescue. 

With an abundance of wet weather recently, Cox says many people may not think there is a high fire risk.

"A lot of people think that you have these fires outside when you have this dry weather," Cox said. "But indoors our number one fire is from cooking fires."

Coxs believes that the abnormally cold temperatures this winter have led to more fires starting because of people trying to keep their homes warm.

"We always like to tell people if they are going to get a space heater to make sure that it has secondary safety switches, like if it turns over it will turn itself off," she said.

The Greenville fire department says they will provide smoke detectors, and install them, for Greenville residents for free.

For more information, you can visit the Greenville Fire Department's website, or contact your local fire department.

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