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Tragedy strikes twice as separate home fires, years apart, kill family members

By Fred Durso, Jr. Ronnie Walkup (left) and Christian Young, who both died in a 2015 home fire Flashback 1989. Then Fire Marshal Jeff Hudson was one of the first on the scene of a home fire in Shawnee, Kansas, where he noticed heavy smoke billowing from the structure. The fire department’s response was immediate, but they were unable to save a five-year-old boy, Cody Young. He was survived by his two grandparents, mother, and brother. All were home at the time of the fire, but had survived. “We lived in a community that rarely experienced a tragic death of any kind,” Jeff Hudson,…

Source:: NFPA – Fire Sprinkler Initiative


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