- Associated Press - Friday, December 26, 2014

CAPITOL HEIGHTS, Md. (AP) - Prince George’s County fire officials went door-to-door in the Capitol Heights and Bowie areas to make sure families have working smoke alarms and an escape plan in the event of a fire.

Their efforts Friday come after two fatal fires in the county over the Christmas holiday.

The first fire came at 11 a.m. Wednesday in Bowie. That fire killed 83-year-old Kenneth Sowder. There was no smoke detector in the home.

And in the early-morning hours of Thursday, 84-year-old Fannie Kirkland was killed in her Capitol Heights home by a fire. Her son was awakened by a smoke alarm, but intense heat and smoke prevented him from reaching his mother in time.

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