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Fire official: Smoke detector saved homeowner's life

Fire official: Smoke detector saved homeowner's life

March 18th, 2018 in Local News

HOLTS SUMMIT, Mo. — A working smoke detector likely saved the life of a Holts Summit homeowner after an early morning structure fire Saturday.

Scott Pasley, public information officers for the Holts Summit Fire Protection District, said units responded to the residential fire about 4:30 a.m. Saturday in the 1000 block of County Road 4036. Upon arrival, firefighters saw fire and smoke.

They launched an interior attack on the fire and contained it to one corner of the structure. Pasley said the actions of the firefighters saved the majority of the home, but the smoke detector probably saved the homeowner's life.

"There was only one resident home at the time of the fire and the fire was below, on the same level as, and above the resident's bedroom," he said. "The homeowner was awoken by the smoke detector, immediately evacuated the home, and called 911. Without the smoke detector alarm, I am not sure the homeowner (could have) awakened in time to evacuate."

Six fire apparatus and 18 firefighters responded to the scene. Holts Summit Fire Protection District had mutual aid support from New Bloomfield Fire, Callaway County Sheriff's Department and Callaway Ambulance.

The fire is under investigation.