Smoke alarm saves life

May 27, 2008
Written by Norfolk County Fire & Rescue

May 27, 2008, Simcoe, Ont. - A working smoke alarm is attributed to saving a man’s life. At about 12:20 a.m. on May 26, Station 1 (Simcoe) firefighters responded to a reported house fire at 861 Norfolk St. North in Simcoe.

Upon arrival fire fighters discovered smoke showing from the two-storey home.  Additional fire crews responded from Station 3 (
Waterford). Fire fighters entered the building and extinguished the fire within 30 minutes. Unfortunately, damage to the structure was significant and is estimated at $100,000.   


The lone adult male had been doing renovations to the home including soldering of water pipes earlier that day. After going to bed for the night, a fire broke out where a new tap was installed several hours prior.


He was awakened to the loud shrill of a smoke alarm he had installed just days before the fire. 


Fire Prevention Officer Ken Sheridan says, “Your chances of surviving a fire increases by 80 per cent if you have working smoke alarms on every level of your home.  At $10 per unit, a smoke alarm is often your only warning that a fire may be burning in your home, giving you enough time to escape.”  


The investigation to cause of the fire is concluded.  There were no reported injuries.


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