In North Carolina, a 36-year-old man and his two daughters, ages 4 and 6, died in a fire that investigators believe started when a charcoal grill on the wooden deck of their home ignited decking material during the night. In Ohio, a 78-year-old woman died of burns she received when her pajama sleeve caught fire as she cooked breakfast for her husband. And in Connecticut, a 43-year-old man died of smoke inhalation in a fire he intentionally set by igniting books and magazines in his apartment.
But the news wasn't all bad. In Arizona, firefighters extinguished a small fire burning in a plastic trash barrel in a student's room at a college dorm before spread and injured anyone. In Iowa, a single sprinkler controlled a fire in a 36-unit apartment building housing older adults until firefighters arrived to extinguish it. And in Florida, another sprinkler controlled a fire in a clothing store that started when the store's owner left a cigarette burning near some combustibles.