SMOKE ALARM TO THE RES­CUE

Oc­cu­pants es­cape house fire in St Ge­orge

Balonne Beacon - - FRONT PAGE - Joshua Macree joshua.macree@west­ern­starnews.com

SMOKE alarms save lives.

It’s one of the most well-known fire safety mes­sages, but Act­ing In­spec­tor Chris Mar­tial of the Goondi­windi area com­mand said work­ing smoke alarms likely con­trib­uted to sav­ing lives dur­ing a St Ge­orge house fire last week.

“When crews ar­rived, the top level of the house was well in­volved (in the fire),” he said.

“Thank­fully, all the oc­cu­pants were no­ti­fied of the fire in the house due to the fact they had work­ing smoke alarms.”

Af­ter fire set off smoke alarms in­side the home, it al­lowed for the safe evac­u­a­tion of all res­i­dents from the prop­erty.

“There was one male who was asleep in one of the neigh­bour­ing rooms next to the one that was ac­tu­ally on fire, and that res­i­dent was wo­ken by the work­ing smoke alarm and he was able to evac­u­ate him­self out of the house safely.”

The first res­i­dent who in­ves­ti­gated the house af­ter the smoke alarm went off dis­cov­ered the room that was en­gulfed in flames, al­low­ing him to no­tify the rest of the house­hold be­fore ev­ery­one was evac­u­ated safely.

Insp Mar­tial said it reaf­firmed the im­por­tance of hav­ing work­ing smoke alarms in ev­ery home.

“One of the key mes­sages that we try to en­force is that smoke alarms save lives, so it’s re­ally im­por­tant that peo­ple are fa­mil­iar with smoke alarm leg­is­la­tion, which has re­cently changed in Queens­land,” he said.

View the leg­is­la­tion changes on­line at www.fire.qld.gov.au.

In­ves­ti­ga­tors are yet to de­ter­mine the cause of the fire.

PHOTO: MAX­INE HICKS

WARN­ING: A fire chief says work­ing smoke alarms al­lowed a fam­ily to es­cape their burn­ing home in St Ge­orge last week.

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