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Space heater blamed for Md. fire

Wednesday - 11/21/2012, 3:53pm  ET

RISING SUN, Md. - Fire officials say a blaze that killed a 3-year-old in Rising Sun was caused by a portable space heater that fell from a dresser.

Alyssa Johnson died in Saturday's fire, which destroyed her family's mobile home. The medical examiner says the toddler died from smoke inhalation and burns.

The State Fire Marshal's Office said Wednesday that a space heater became entangled with clothes and other combustible materials when it fell and ignited the fire. Officials say no working smoke alarm was found in the home.


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