Smoke Alarms Save the Lives of Seven in Henry County Fire
Once again, that sometimes annoying little round box is credited with saving lives. At just before six this morning, a Locust Grove family, of seven, awoke to the sound of smoke alarms and a smoke filled home. The home owner stated when she heard the alarms sounding she got out of bed and began looking around. When she opened the laundry room door she said, "The room was full of smoke and flames!" According to the homeowner they had just recently replaced the batteries in the smoke alarms because they were chirping.
First arriving units advised heavy smoke and flames through the roof. Fortunately, fire units were able to confirm all occupants were out of the fiery structure quickly enabling them to get to work extinguishing the fire and salvaging everything they possibly could. Firefighters made a quick offensive attack stopping the fire in its tracks.
No injuries were reported. Origin and cause are under investigation by Henry County Fire Investigators. American Red Cross was contacted to assist the displaced family.
“Although, the origin and cause of the fire is unknown at this time, there are always fire safety lessons that we can take from the tragedy this family faced this morning. Smoke alarms do reduce the risk of dying in a home fire in half and having a plan of escape may be what saves the lives of you and your family in the event your house becomes engulfed in fire,” stated Captain Sabrina Puckett.