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Authorities identify victim of fatal fire and reveal cause

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    The victim of a mobile home fire is identified as fifty-six year old Michael Hemphill.
officials say Hemphill died of smoke inhalation and believe the fire started from smoking materials..
The  mobile home is located  in the park plaza mobile estates on South Indiana.  
     Family came to the scene of the investigation this morning. Hemphill lived in the mobile home alone.
 Authorities say fires can consume  trailer style homes in seven to ten minutes  because they resemble one long hallway.

Keith Stammer, public information officer with the Joplin Fire Department says, 

"It just doesn't take very long. It's pretty easy for someone  who's asleep at night or perhaps isn't paying attention to what's going on to suddenly find themselves overwhelmed by smoke and then by heat and then you have a  death."

Stammer says the start of winter is a high fire problem time as people use faux fireplaces to try and heat a home  or space heaters for  too long.  

     Stammer says  read directions, plug space heaters directly into outlets  and keep them away from draperies.  

     He says its also important to make sure fireplace flue's are clear of debris.  



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