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Apartment fire kills three girls

June 29, 2007|From Times Wire Reports

Fire swept through an apartment in Burtonsville, killing three girls and critically injuring their mother, authorities said.

The victims, an infant and her 2- and 4-year-old sisters, were not breathing when firefighters arrived, Montgomery County Fire Department spokesman Pete Piringer said.

Investigators believe the fire started in the kitchen after the woman placed a plastic device used to sterilize baby bottles near the stove, which was on, Piringer said. She then fell asleep.

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