COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - The new year is in only its fourth day, and already fires have killed nine people in Ohio in 2010.
Spokesman Shane Cartmill in the Ohio fire marshal's office says the number is a concern. He was checking to see how it compares with fire fatalities early in 2009.
The latest death was early Monday. A 65-year-old woman was killed by a fire at a mobile home in Portsmouth in southern Ohio.
The state's deadliest fire so far in 2010 also was in a mobile home and killed two young children and their parents in the north-central Ohio community of Greenwich on Saturday.
In Hamilton, a man was found dead Saturday after a fire fully engulfed his home.
Cartmill says all the fatal fires since New Year's Day remain under investigation. He says there are few common threads, though in many of the cases there were no working smoke detectors.