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@$: “They never, ever fought. They loved each other all the days of their life,” their son, David Reynolds of Monrovia, Md., said just hours after the fire.

Fire Chief Thomas W. Carr Jr. said that senior residents account for more than 50 percent of the county’s fire-related deaths over the past seven years. The national average is 34 percent.

However, Montgomery County is not unique.

According to the U.S. Fire Administration, more than 1,200 Americans over 65 die from fires each year. Adults 65 to 75 have a fire-related death rate twice the national average, those 75 to 85 have a rate three times the national average, and those over 85 have a rate four times the national average.