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January 29, 2015

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Woman on oxygen suffers burn while smoking in bed


A woman on an oxygen tank and smoking in bed was burned Saturday morning, fire officials said.

Las Vegas Fire & Rescue crews were sent about 11:40 a.m. to a home on the 700 block of Mayfield Street, near Washington Avenue and Decatur Boulevard, said Tim Szymanski, spokesman for the fire department.

Szymanski said the woman, who was on a medical oxygen tank, was transported to a hospital with a minor first-degree burn after lighting a cigarette in her bed, he said.

It appears the woman had oxygen on her clothes and skin that helped fuel a small fire, Szymanski said. Her husband lying next to her called to report the incident.

“If you’re on medical oxygen you just don’t smoke, period,” Szymanski said.

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  1. I know a lady from my home care agency who goes to some woman's apartment who is on serious oxygen and the woman CHAIN SMOKES!! The oxygen is in the same room where the woman smokes. I would never work under those conditions; too dangerous. They don't pay me enough money to be put in those situations. The sad thing is the smoking woman has a right to smoke in her matter how many lectures she has received from her doctor or the fire department.

  2. Millions of them, literally. The same old tar addicts who subjected their kids to second-hand smoke. The same old addicts who take from social welfare programs but pay little to nothing in--constantly on assistance of one form or another.