Cigarette likely cause in fatal fire

WARREN, Ohio (WKBN) – Fire investigators have ruled a July 16 fire in Warren that killed 75-year-old Loan Vang was started by a cigarette.

Initially, it was suspected that a clothes dryer in the basement of the Columbia Place home ignited the fire, but the dryer was only burned on the outside.

Investigators said the cigarette likely ignited some clothing on the floor near the dryer.

Crews found Vang’s body lying on the basement floor.

Warren Fire Chief Ken Nussle said he believes Vang was alerted by the smoke detectors in her house and went to the basement to investigate when she became overcome with smoke.

Nussle said Vang was a recipient of the city’s smoke detector giveaway and she had working detectors on every level of the two-story home.

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