In less than one week, four early morning home fires occurred between 2:00 and 5:45 a.m., causing significant damage to two homes in Massachusetts and one in Michigan, and limited damage to a home in Brantford, Ontario. In each incident, working smoke alarms awoke the occupants to fire and enabled them to escape safely.
- The Boston Globe reported that firefighters in Newton, MA, responded to a three-alarm fire causing heavy smoke and water damage. The home’s central alarm system awoke all occupants in time for them to escape unharmed.
- “Branch County had a ‘smoke detectors save lives’ story happen overnight.” That was the lede in a Quincy Township, MI, news story (WTVB) about a father and his teenage son who escaped a fire that began in the home’s utility room.
- A two-alarm fire caused “heavy damage” to a home in Pelham, MA, according to The Lowell Sun, while the homeowner was awakened by working smoke alarms and was able to escape safely.
- Two adults and three children were able to safely escape a fire in their Brantford, ON, home due to working smoke alarms. “… if not for the working smoke alarm, we could have been investigating a fatal fire instead of one with limited property damage,” said a fire prevention officer with the Brantford Fire Department.