Md. man dies after clothing catches fire

A Kensington man has died after his clothes caught fire as he tried to light a cigarette on a stove, Montgomery County Fire and Rescue officials said.Montgomery County Fire and Rescue

Firefighters were dispatched to a home in the 3900 block of Decatur Avenue at about 4:30 a.m. Wednesday and found a severely burned man in the kitchen area. He was taken to an area hospital with critical injuries and later died.

Fire officials say the man, 69-year-old Thomas Dolan Geoghegan, was trying to light a cigarette on the stove when his clothes caught fire. According to the Associated Press, smoke alarms sounded and Geoghegan’s wife doused her husband with water and called 911.

Fire investigators have ruled the fire accidental and the medical examiner will determine the cause of death.

Geoghegan’s death is the third fire-related death this year in the county.


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