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30 fatal house fires from smoking last year

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Last year, there were a total of 30 fatal house fires due to smoking, the National Disaster Management Directorate (OKF) said this week, according to Világgazdaság.

On Saturday morning, one such house fire occurred in Nyírmártonfalva (245 km east of Budapest), in a 20 sqm room of a family house on Rákóczi utca.

A lit cigarette ignited a bed, as well as a pair of adjacent armchairs. The flames were put out by the house's residents before firefighters arrived on the scene, but one man died from smoke inhalation. In a statement, OKF warned that, typically, smokers fall asleep in bed before their cigarettes go out, which then ignite the bedsheets and the surroundings.

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