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Candle causes south Albany house fire

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ALBANY,  GA (WALB) – An Albany family was displaced Tuesday night when a fire ripped through their home at 1656 Sunny Lane. The Robinson's home caught fire at 11:30. It only took five minutes for firefighters to put out the flames, but it destroyed nearly half of the house.

The residents were able to escape safely. Firefighters say Mr. Robinson was attempting to light a lantern when he spilt kerosene close to a lit candle. He tried putting out the flames with a blanket, but it caught fire also.

Firefighters say in some cases a blanket will work, but your safest bet is a fire extinguisher and everyone should have one. Also, as temperatures linger in the 40's overnight they warn residents to use extreme caution when heating or lighting rooms with candles or space heaters. They say on average candles start most of the fires they work in Albany.

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