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The Daily Guide - Waynesville, MO
  • Smoke alarms save family from fire

  • The sound of smoke alarms alerted a family of three of a fire that totaled their home late Tuesday evening in the Crocker area.
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  • The sound of smoke alarms alerted a family of three of a fire that totaled their home late Tuesday evening in the Crocker area.
    According to Joshua Hall of the Crocker Fire Protection District, the homeowner heard the working smoke alarm and encountered smoke when trying to escape through the bedroom door. He then quickly assisted his family, including a five-month-old baby, to escape through the bedroom window.
    Crews from the Crocker and Tri-County fire protection districts were dispatched to the residential structure fire just before midnight in the 20000 block of Riverside Road, off T Highway.
    Even though the fire was extinguished within minutes after firefighters arrived on scene, the flames tore through the roof of the home and adjoining bedrooms received moderate smoke and heat damage, making the house a total loss.
    Hall said that the cause of the fire was determined to be from the dryer which was in use at the time.
    “This fire is a text book fire of how home fire alarms save lives,” Hall said. “The early detection of the smoke alarms not only allowed the family to get out safely, it also allowed a faster alerting time to 911, which kept the home from becoming fully involved.”
    The Crocker Fire Protection District is still asking the public for monetary donations to help provide and install smoke alarms.
    “We are still actively seeking donations for smoke alarms, even if that means going door to door to area businesses to get them,” Hall said.
    “We want families in our district to be alerted and have the same outcome like this incident,” Hall said.
    Once the department has the alarms purchased, it will have a short survey for those with interest in obtaining the smoke alarms for their home, and then review the surveys and begin installing them in homes. The initial target for this drive will be homes that children and elderly currently reside in.
    “The more money we are able to raise, means a greater amount of homes that we are able to equip with smoke alarms,” Hall said.

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