WASHINGTON (WUSA9) -- DC, MD and VA firefighters have been busier than usual fighting fires this week
This time of year, home fires spike.
More happen in the three winter months of January, February and March than any time of year, according to the U.S. Fire Administration.
While we are still a few days away from January, this week we have already gotten a taste of the winter spike throughout DC, Maryland and Virginia.
Scores of people throughout the Metro area have been displaced by fires ranging from Upper Marlboro to McLean, Silver Spring to Damascus - two in one neighborhood, Laurel to a Christmas night fire in Prince George's County.
Two fires this week were deadly, one apartment fire in NW DC and another in Calvert County.
The causes of these fires have varied, with several still under investigation.
But fire fighters say there is no time of year when more home fires break out, mostly due to cooking accidents.
The U.S. Fire Administration says that 905 people around the country die in winter home fires each year.