Fire deaths on the rise in Baltimore City

Last year a record-low 12 people died from fires in Baltimore. That's the fewest number of fire deaths the Baltimore City Fire Department has on record.

So far in 2013, the city has already surpassed that number by six.

"We're unsatisfied with the number of fatalities," Ian Brennan, spokesman for the Baltimore City Fire Department, said.

So far, 18 people have died in fires in the city, and that number doesn't include the two most recent: one from early Thursday morning, and another from Monday, November 25. On Monday, a three alarm fire was called in at an apartment complex on Franconia Drive. Officials pronounced a 32-year-old woman dead at the scene.

"Anytime, to have any kind of tragedy of any sort happen is a bad time," said Colin Williams, who lives at the complex.

Early Thursday morning, another Baltimore City apartment complex went up in flames; a 50-year-old woman died at the hospital.

"She's really going to be missed, by me she is," a neighbor said.

These two most recent cases aren't yet included in the overall total because officials are still working to determine their exact cause of death.

Now, crews are taking to Youtube to spread the word about fire safety.

"It's hard to attribute any one thing to the fire. I think it's important to just remind people that it is always a good time to consider the safety of your home and the safety of your habits," Brennan said.

Brennan said the number of fires always rises during winter months.

"We need to do everything we can on the public education and preparedness side to reduce this number," he said.

Crews are hoping that spreading the word about safety keeps that number from rising.

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