Smoke Detector Alerts Resident to Southeast Houston House Fire
Just before 7 p.m. last night, February 13, 2012, a resident was alert to a fire in her attic when her smoke detector, which had been installed by the Houston Fire Department, started sounding. The Houston Fire Department arrived on scene of the house fire in the 5100 block of Enyart in southeast Houston within six minutes and quickly tapped out the fire.
Thanks to the sound of the smoke detector, the resident had safely exited the home after discovering smoke coming from the air-conditioning vents and called 911 from a neighbor’s home. She reported that some work had done on her furnace earlier that day and firefighters determined the cause was due to failure of equipment in the attic. The home suffered from about $25 thousand in damage with most of the living room area heavily damaged and smoke damage throughout the home. There were no reported injuries.
Although this home had a working smoke alarm, local statistics indicate one out of three residential fires the HFD responds to do not have a smoke detector at all, or the smoke detector does not work.
“Fire doubles in size every 30 seconds,” said Assistant Chief Lisa Campbell. “Although most fires are preventable, they do happen, and a working smoke detector gives you and your family the extra minutes needed to safely get out of your home.”
The HFD also reminds citizens to have an evacuation plan in place so once you are alerted by the smoke detector; you know how to get out and stay out.
Last year, threw the “Get Alarmed Houston!” program, the Houston Fire Department installed more than 3800 smoke detectors in Houston homes. All smoke detectors are provided through donations or grants. If you are in need of a smoke detector or know someone in the City of Houston who needs a working smoke alarm, please call our Public Affairs Division at 832-394-6633 (some qualifications apply)
Additional safety tips and information about the smoke detector program may be found on the HFD website at www.houstonfire.org.