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Firefighters make sure Memphians have working smoke detectors

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MEMPHIS, TN (WMC-TV) - Seven people have already died in fires in Memphis alone only six weeks into 2011.

Memphis firefighters hit the streets Saturday to make sure people have working smoke detectors in their homes.

"This number is extremely high, considering we are only halfway through the month of February," said Lt. Wayne Cooke with the Memphis Fire Department.

A mother and two of her children died January 8 when a fire broke out in their Beverly Hills apartment.  The children's father and two other children survived.

A two-year-old girl died when a space heater ignited a fire in her Binghampton home on January 30.  Firefighters took a moment to pray at the discovery of her body.

"She was a happy little girl," said family member Detria Bolton.

A 60-year-old woman and her 80-year-old mother died in a fire on Scenic Terrace Wednesday.  The fire started after something exploded in their home.

A 29-year-old woman died in a fire at an apartment in North Memphis Friday.  She had burns over 100 percent of her body.  There was not a working smoke detector in the apartment.

"There are a lot of homes that do not have working smoke detectors, and there is no reason for that," said Cooke.  "We give them away free, and we will also come out and install them free of charge."

Bertha Wells said firefighters reminded her Saturday that she needs to change the batteries in her smoke detector.

"Yeah, I had forgotten it too," said Wells.  "I hate that happened."

The fire department advised people to test their smoke detector once a month to make sure it is still working.

If you need a smoke detector installed in your home, the Memphis Fire Department will come to you and install it for free.  Simply call the MFD at 320-5650.

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