Smoke alarms save lives in Fort Collins house fire
Though they didn't see or smell smoke, an adult, several children and three dogs were unharmed by a Monday night house fire because smoke alarms prompted them to evacuate.
Poudre Fire Authority firefighters were dispatched at 10:29 p.m. on Sept. 25 to a home at 1331 Springwood Drive in Fort Collins. The first-arriving engine got on scene at 10:35 p.m., and firefighters quickly knocked the fire down within 10 minutes.
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This is a tremendous example of how properly working smoke alarms save lives here and across the country each day. PFA reminds people to test their smoke alarms monthly and install new batteries once a year. Smoke alarms older than 10 years should be replaced.
PFA investigators determined the fire started in the ceiling of the first-floor bathroom. The cause is accidental, and the fire was due to the overheating of electrical components in an exhaust fan.
Thanks to firefighters' quick work, damage was limited to the room of origin and attic space above. This area sustained heavy fire and smoke damage.
The owner and renter were educated on fire code requirements for bedrooms since children were living in basement rooms without windows. These serve as critical escape routes in an emergency.
This fire also serves as a good reminder to all residents to walk through their home and map a simple escape plan ahead of a disaster -- particularly in times of no stress. Mark two ways out of any room and decide with family members or roommates the location of the safest meeting place outside the home (think a stationary mailbox or tree across the street).
PFA's Customer Assistance Response Team, or CART, operates out of a renovated ambulance and responded to help the family. CART helps people displaced by fire to find temporary shelter, start insurance claims and more.
Those with questions may contact:
Public Affairs and Communication Manager
Poudre Fire Authority