Fires kill more people every year than all natural disaster combined. Wednesday night a 71 year old Montgomery woman died when fire swept through her home. The blaze started in the woman's bedroom. Fire investigators say it appears the woman was smoking in bed. The woman's death marks the fifth fire fatality of the year in Montgomery. That's one more than in all of 2006.
Fire investigator Mark Williams says officials can't pinpoint a reason as to why the number of fire deaths has risen. However, Williams says most fires are preventable. He also advises don't leave hot food on the stove and stay alert. Also, check your smoke detectors at least twice a year. In case a fire does break out in your home, have a evacuation plan and a designated place outside of your home for your family to meet.