ATLANTA - Firefighters are back in the area where an elderly woman died in a house fire. But they are back to help people who live on her street.
Sally Skrine was well known in her northwest Atlanta neighborhood. She died in a fire last month.
Firefighters said burglar bars were on every door and window, making it challenging to get inside the home. They said the fire likely started at the stove, which was left on.
Channel 2's Steve Gehlbach was there as several firefighters were on Skrine's street, going door-to-door to install new smoke detectors.
Within two days, they have installed more than 120 new alarms.
This is the second fatal fire in the city this year. Atlanta’s fire chief said that’s still two too many and wants to turn the tragedy into positive prevention.
“There’s a heightened sense of dangers of house fires, and fire safety so we want to capitalize on this opportunity to keep her community safe,” said Atlanta Fire Chief Randall Slaughter.
Along with the new alarms and handing out fire extinguishers, the fire department also wants to get the word out about "close your door" campaign.
If there is a fire in another part of the house and you can't make it to a door, officials say you should stay in your bedroom. It could save your life.
“That’s your safest haven, to be inside that room, behind closed door," Slaughter said. "It gives us extra minutes we need to make entry into the home and possibly make a rescue."