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Safety tips, following two fire tragedies in the mountain state

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  • Three crews fight house fire in Shady Spring

    Three crews fight house fire in Shady Spring

    Three crews fight house fire in Shady Spring

    Sunday, April 20 2014 11:16 PM EDT2014-04-21 03:16:45 GMT
    Three fire departments worked to fight a house fire in Shady Spring, Raleigh County Sunday night.The fire started just after 8 p.m. in Country Road Estates.Everyone inside the home was able to make it out unharmed.Ghent, Beaver, and Coal City Fire Departments responded to the scene.Right now - the cause of the fire has not been determined but crews did say there was natural gas inside the home.As of 11 p.m. Sunday, the scene was still not cleared.
    Three fire departments worked to fight a house fire in Shady Spring, Raleigh County Sunday night.The fire started just after 8 p.m. in Country Road Estates.Everyone inside the home was able to make it out unharmed.Ghent, Beaver, and Coal City Fire Departments responded to the scene.Right now - the cause of the fire has not been determined but crews did say there was natural gas inside the home.As of 11 p.m. Sunday, the scene was still not cleared.
  • Several arrested after city-wide drug sweep in Greenbrier County

    Several arrested after city-wide drug sweep in Greenbrier County

    Several arrested after city-wide drug sweep in Greenbrier County

    Sunday, April 20 2014 8:10 PM EDT2014-04-21 00:10:53 GMT
    Four men are arrested after a city-wide drug sweep in Greenbrier County.On Thursday, April 17 officers with Alderson Police Department along with the Greenbrier County Sheriff's Department and the West Virginia State Police made three felony arrests and one misdemeanor arrest on drug charges.Jeremy Lewis is charged with delivery of a controlled substance (marijuana) , possession with intent to deliver, and conspiracy to commit a felony.Ronald Cook Jr. is charged with two counts of delivery of...
    Four men are arrested after a city-wide drug sweep in Greenbrier County.On Thursday, April 17 officers with Alderson Police Department along with the Greenbrier County Sheriff's Department and the West Virginia State Police made three felony arrests and one misdemeanor arrest on drug charges.Jeremy Lewis is charged with delivery of a controlled substance (marijuana) , possession with intent to deliver, and conspiracy to commit a felony.Ronald Cook Jr. is charged with two counts of delivery of...
  • One man shot early Saturday morning in Beckley

    One man shot early Saturday morning in Beckley

    Sunday, April 20 2014 5:36 PM EDT2014-04-20 21:36:35 GMT
         One man is in custody Saturday after a bar shooting in Raleigh County.
         One man is in custody Saturday after a bar shooting in Raleigh County.

Seven people are dead after two deadly fires in the mountain state over the past two weeks.

With the holidays coming, fire investigators say you could be at an increased risk for fire danger.

It was two weeks ago, when fire investigators say two children -- four-year-old Shania Sydney and three-year-old Dontarius Gardner -- died after a fire in Logan County.  They believe an electrical problem is to blame, and no smoke detectors were found in the duplex..

And it was earlier this week, when authorities say four children and one adult died in a fire in Elkins.  Fire investigators say the only smoke detector in the home did not have working batteries.

"Change the batteries when the time changes, so twice a year, so there's no chance the battery will be dead when you need it," said Lt. Rick Shagoury with the Princeton Fire Department.

With the holiday season right around the corner, and increased family gatherings and cooking, firefighters are also encouraging people to have a small fire extinguisher in their home.

Firefighters also have several tips when it comes to your holiday tree.  Those tips include making sure your tree is sturdy, so it does not tip over; making sure your tree is hydrated; keeping the tree away from heat sources; and unplugging tree lights when you go to sleep and when you are not home.