Roy and Evelyn Walters won’t be enjoying Christmas in their Martinez home. It was destroyed by fire on Nov. 26.
The couple escaped the fire and were not injured.
Fire officials say a little maintenance and prevention can help keep a fire from ruining the holidays, and encourage dousing hazards before they spark.
The most important part of any homeowner’s fire prevention plan are smoke detectors, said Martinez-Columbia Fire Rescue Battalion Chief Danny Kuhlmann.