Marie Funk woke up last weekend to someone screaming.
At first, the Northeast Baltimore resident didn't think much of it. Then she heard glass breaking, followed by the sirens of firetrucks racing to a fire across the street in the 3200 block of E. Northern Parkway.
Flames were shooting from the second floor of her neighbor's home. Charlene James, 46, and her daughter, Sage, 9, were trapped on the second floor. Both later died at the hospital.
"What a shame," Funk said on Saturday to firefighter Thomas G. Nosek, who arrived at her door. He was among a group of firefighters checking homes in the neighborhood to make sure they have working smoke detectors after...