Smoke detectors not working in deadly KCK house fire

KANSAS CITY, Kan. - A five-year-old girl dead from a Kansas City, Kan., house fire has served as a tragic reminder of fire safety.

Cynthia Timms is the five-year-old girl's aunt. She said the girl's 7-year-old sister made it out of the burning home but "Booties," as her dad called her, didn't.

"My brother, she was just all over him, she was a loving little girl," Timms said.

Kansas City, Kan., firefighters said the smoke detectors in the home weren't working.

The fire started around 4 a.m. Sunday, but the cause is still under investigation.

Jennifer Tarwater from the American Red Cross said it's the scary truth that young children are often the victims in house fires.

"A lot of it is just their bodies. They succumb so much easier than someone who is older and healthier and probably has the lung capacity," Tarwater said.

But even with working batteries, smoke detectors don't last forever. On 41 Action News @ 6, find out the life span of your smoke detector.

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