Chris Van Horne, NBC 5 News
Although the year has just started, the number of fire fatalities in the last 40 days have been greater than those from last year. Fire fighters are trying to give advise on how to be cautious and prevent being another victim.
The potential for more cold weather in coming days for North Texas comes as the Fort Worth Fire Department sounds the alarm on the need for smoke detectors.
The city has already seen five fire-related deaths since the first of the year. In 2013 there were only four such deaths all year.
To keep that number from growing, fire officials point to one very important product to have in someone's home.
"It is very, very unusual for us to have a fatality fire where a smoke alarm has been working," said Capt. Tom Crow of the Fort Worth Fire Department.
On Thursday evening, Karla Guajardo-Salazar and son Jesus, known to the family as Coco according to a cousin, didn't have that early warning and joined the sad and growing list of fire-related deaths.
There have been seven such deaths this winter and five since January 1st, including two children.
"The thought of losing a child is just incomprehensible and especially in that way," Crow said.
Captain Crow says the best way to stop these deadly fires is to get people aware and educated, to keep heat sources away from flammables, have a plan to escape and most importantly early detection.