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Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Smoke Alarm Alerts Family (10) Escape Fire


On January 29th, 2010 at 9:37 p.m. (5) Companies of Charlotte Firefighters, (1) Heavy Rescue Company, (2) Battalion Chiefs, and (2) Fire Investigators under the direction of Battalion Chief Keith Rogers responded to a reported apartment fire at 7008 Snow Lane.

Firefighters from nearby Station 23 arrived minutes later and reported heavy fire and smoke showing from a 2nd floor window in a 2-story apartment building. Crews sprinted into action by initiating a well-coordinated fire attack stretching hose lines, evacuating residents of adjoining apartments and searching the fire unit. Subsequently, firefighters were able to extinguish the flames in just a few minutes.

(27) Firefighters were called to knockdown the fire and bring the incident under control in 14 minutes. A working smoke alarm was attributed to preventing serious injury or possible death when the alarm activated and alerted one of the teenagers. The teen quickly alerted the rest of her siblings that included (6) children and (3) other teenagers. They were all able to self evacuate from the building without incident. No injuries to civilians or firefighters were reported. Fire Investigators said the fire was deemed accidental; damage estimates were not readily available. The Greater Carolinas Chapter of the Red Cross responded to assist the families displaced as a result of the fire.

Fire Officials would like to remind the population to:

Stay Alert: Be sure to have a smoke alarm installed in your home
Stay Safe: Test the smoke alarm regularly
Stay Alive: Practice an escape plan and establish a meeting place


Eternally devoted to duty and service,

Mark Basnight | Captain
Public Information Officer
Office of Media & Public Affairs
Charlotte Fire Department

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