Smoldering threat

Winter provides a tinderbox for home fires, experts say

Posted: March 2, 2013 at 3:06 a.m.

American Red Cross in Arkansas disaster responder Jackie Campbell ascends the stairs after a Little Rock apartment fire to meet with a fire inspector and chief to begin damage assessment and care of displaced families.

When snow, sleet and ice are prevalent, people hunker down inside to stay warm. Winter is a time when the risk of house fires increases, according to the U.S. Fire Administration, a division of the Federal Emergency Management Agency.

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