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A fire in Palm Beach County, Florida, believed to be started by an extension cord in a mobile home, left twin 14-year-old girls dead and sent their mother to a nearby hospital early today, according to Palm Beach County Fire Rescue.

“We received news early this morning of a horrible tragedy that has taken the lives of two of our students. We are devastated by this unthinkable loss,” the girls’ school principal, Michael Aronson, is quoted in the Palm Beach Post as saying in a written statement.

When firefighters arrived at the home, they saw Palm Beach County Sheriff’s deputies pulling one person through the front window of the mobile home. Crews made their way into the smoke-filled home, pulled out one occupant and later located the third person.

There was a smoke alarm in the home, but no battery was found inside, according to fire officials.

NFPA’s electrical safety tips and tips sheet offer information about the safe use of electrical cords and extension cords. The electrical safety in the home section of the website offers an overview of electrical safety around the house.

Lego 1st responder days

First Responder Days at LEGOLAND Florida are back! During the month of May, all Police, Fire and EMS employees will receive one complimentary single day ticket to LEGOLAND Florida Resort. They may also purchase up to an additional 4 single day tickets for $40 each. 

You'll need to present your employment status photo ID at the front gate to redeem this offer. Visit www.legoland.com for more information and have fun!

MayThe May issue of Safety Source, NFPA's public education enewsletter, is now available for viewing. In this issue, you will find;  

  • Electrical safety month information
  • Burglar bars examined in fatal TX fire
  • End-of-the-school-year ideas on fire safety
  • Care and Maintenance: new projects on long-term health of firefighters 

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