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Posted on: February 22, 2017

[ARCHIVED] Family Escapes Early Morning House Fire

When the first crews arrived they reported smoke coming from the back of a split level house. Fire crews from the Back Creek and Cave Spring stations, along with a Salem crew responded to the fire and were able to contain the flames to the attic area of the house. The house has smoke and water damage throughout.  

A couple and three teenage children lived in the home along with their dog and all escaped without injury. One of the occupants awoke to the smell of smoke and was able to alert the others. There were smoke alarms in the home, but they did not activate.


The Fire Marshal’s Office has determined that improperly discarded smoking material was the cause of this fire and damage estimates are $30,000.  

No injuries reported.

SAFETY REMINDERS: 

Check your smoke detectors to make sure they are no more than 10 years old and have working batteries.

SMOKING SAFETY--Smoking is the leading cause of home fire deaths in the United States. 

  • When smoking outside,  use a can filled with sand to extinguish cigarette
  • When smoking inside, use ashtrays with a wide, stable base that are difficult to tip over. The cigarette needs to be completely stubbed out in an ashtray.
  • Don't put ashtrays on the arms of sofas or chairs.
  • Never smoke while using oxygen or anywhere near an oxygen source, even if it is turned off.
  • Never smoke in bed
  • Don't walk away from lit cigarettes and other smoking materials.
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