Man, 69, dies in kitchen fire in Kensington

A 69-year-old man perished after a fire inside his Kensington home on Wednesday — the third fire-related fatality already this year in Montgomery County.

About 4:30 a.m., firefighters were called to the 3900 block of Decatur Avenue for the report of a fire in a kitchen. They found Thomas Dolan Geoghegan severely burned in the kitchen area, officials said.

He was taken to a hospital, where he later died. Fire investigators think he was trying to light a cigarette over a stove when his clothing accidentally caught on fire. A smoke alarm in the home alerted other occupants to the fire.

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Dan Morse covers courts and crime in Montgomery County. He arrived at the paper in 2005, after reporting stops at the Wall Street Journal, Baltimore Sun and Montgomery (Ala.) Advertiser, where he was a Pulitzer Prize finalist. He is the author of The Yoga Store Murder.

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