On Sunday morning just before 5:00 a.m., a man slept through his smoke alarm sounding due to a cooking fire. Fortunately, four-year-old Trystan Dezalia heard the alarm and awoke his family, worried about the “strange noise” coming from the other side of the wall. Trystan’s parents could smell the smoke from the next door apartment, then promptly contacted 911 and woke up all their neighbors.
When fire departments arrived, they encountered heavy smoke but no flames. They removed the man from the apartment, who was still sleeping but uninjured. According to Fire Chief Mark Burrows of the Vischer Ferry Volunteer Fire Company, there’s no telling how much how much smoke the man might have inhaled – and what kind of injuries he might have suffered – had the little boy next door not heard the alarm.
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