Recent Southaven fires no cause for alarm, fire investigators say

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SOUTHAVEN, MS (WMC-TV) - Residents in Southaven have witnessed several recent house fires in the city's Colonial Hills subdivision, but fire investigators say there is no cause for alarm.

Last December's cold snap was the beginning of a string of fires in the Main Street district of Southaven.   All of them, including a commercial fire on December 11, occurred in the Colonial Hills area.

Southaven Fire Department spokesperson Malena Alderman says investigators to not consider the fires to be suspicious.

"We always see a rise in fires during the winter months," Alderman said. "We've had about four since the end of the year that were related to the portable heaters."

For instance, a home on Gilford Cove was destroyed recently when a space heater was likely left in a garage. Another home, on Colonial Hills Drive, also suffered extensive damage from a space heater.

Officials are still investigating the cause of a house fire last Friday on Custer Drive, in the same area of town.

Alderman said following some common sense rules can save you a lot of heartache.  

"Keep the portable heater at least three feet away from anything that can catch fire," she said. "Don't use an extension cord, and never leave it unattended."

Alderman added you should also keep all smoke detectors in your home in good working order.  Many people have smoke detectors in their homes, but often, firefighters find they don't work.

Alderman said fire officials are always available in Southaven to answer any questions you may have regarding fire safety.

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