Murfreesboro Fire Rescue Department Captain/Shift Inspector Adam Brown credits working smoke alarms for saving lives and property at a duplex on Carriage Drive on Christmas Eve night.
According to Brown, neighbors of the affected unit could clearly hear the smoke alarms going off next door. They called 9-1-1 and when District 2’s units arrived on scene, they immediately smelled smoke and prepared to make entry.
Just before forcing their way into the home, crews were able to wake the residents and alert them of the situation. Residents got out safely, and crews were able to link the smoke to unattended cooking on the stove.
“The occupants were sleeping when we arrived, and would likely have continued sleeping through the smoke alarms if it hadn’t been for their neighbors,” said Brown. “Our station had just installed new smoke alarms in the duplex approximately two months prior,” he continued.
“This is why it is so important to have the right amount of working smoke alarms in your home,” said Fire Marshal Carl Peas. “Working smoke alarms cut your risks of fire-related death in half.”
MFRD works closely with the State Fire Marshal’s Office’s “Get Alarmed” program to provide free smoke alarm installations for the citizens in Murfreesboro. If you are interested in having your smoke alarms checked, need your batteries changed, or need new or additional smoke alarms installed in your home, please contact MFRD Administration Office Monday through Friday 8:00 am to 4:30 pm to schedule an appointment.