Smoke Detectors Saved Lives in Thunder Bay Fire

Thunder Bay Fire Rescue
Stock image of Thunder Bay Fire truck
Thunder Bay Fire Rescue
Stock image of Thunder Bay Fire truck

Twelve Lives Saved as People Got Out

THUNDER BAY – NEWS – Thunder Bay Fire Rescue is relieved that the smoke detectors were working at a Redwood Avenue home. Right now a fire investigation is ongoing into the cause of a fire which damaged a home on the morning of Wednesday, September 3rd 2014. Thunder Bay Fire Rescue is working with the Office of the Fire Marshal in the investigation

In a media statement from TBFR, “The initial reports are that approximately twelve persons escaped the fire in this duplex property after being awoken by a smoke alarm in the early hours of the morning”.

Fire Chief John Hay reinforced the importance of working smoke alarms, “This fire could have had a much more tragic result without the presence of working smoke alarms.”

Damage to the home has been estimated at $300,000.

No injuries were reported in the blaze which has left the home badly damaged.

Thunder Bay Fire Rescue Simple Steps for home fire escape planning include

  • Everyone should know two ways out of each room, if possible
  • All exits must be unobstructed and easy to use
  • Determine who will be responsible for helping young children, older adults and anyone who needs assistance to escape
  • Choose a meeting place outside, such as a tree or a lamp post, where everyone can be accounted for
  • Call the fire department from outside the home, from a cell phone or neighbour’s home
  • Practice your home fire escape plan
  • Once out, stay out. Never re-enter a burning building

For people who live in apartment buildings and need assistance to escape

    • Make sure you tell the superintendent or landlord you need assistance
    • Know the emergency procedures outlined in the building’s fire safety plan

If a fire occurs in your home and you are unable to escape

  • Close the door of the room you are in and cover vents and cracks around the door with cloth or tape to keep smoke out
  • Call 9-1-1 or your fire department. Tell them where you are, then signal for help at the window with a light-coloured cloth or a flashlight
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