Two weekend fires caused by smoking: McCullough

Firefighters assess an apartment fire before going in to attack the blaze at 15 Edward Street on April 5, 2015. (Cornwall Newswatch/Bill Kingston)

CORNWALL – A pair of deadly fires in the city were both caused by smoking.

Those results of the weekend investigations were released Tuesday morning as the fire chief underscores the importance of being careful.

“Smoking and kitchen fires are the two leading causes of fires in Ontario,” says Richard McCullough. “I would urge all residents to be mindful when it comes to smoking and cooking in their residence.”

The blaze at a social housing apartment complex at 15 Edward Street on Sunday night killed a 79-year-old woman. She was pronounced dead at the scene after firefighters pulled her from a third floor unit.

Early Friday morning, a fire in the 100 block of Sixth Street West claimed the life of a 57-year-old-man.

The investigations were both performed by the Ontario Fire Marshal, Cornwall police and the fire prevention office.

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