Smoke Alarms Credited with Saving the Lives of Lincoln City Family

Smoke alarms awoke a sleeping family inside this home in Lincoln City Monday night, allowing them to escape unharmed from a fire that heavily damaged their home. (Photo: North Lincoln Fire & Rescue)

LINCOLN CITY-A family of seven escaped unharmed late Monday night when a fire broke out in their home but the residence sustained heavy fire and smoke damage.

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North Lincoln Fire & Rescue District #1 responded to a report of a fire in the 400 block of SE Port Ave. at 11:57 p.m. on April 28. Firefighters arrived to find flames showing in the garage portion of the house. Amanda Summers and Kevin Durham told firefighters that smoke alarms and the odor of smoke awoke them and they quickly evacuated themselves and their five children ages 6 to 13 from the structure.

Firefighters managed to extinguish the fire within 18-20 minutes; however, flames had severely damaged a large portion of the structure, and heavy smoke damaged the remainder of the home. The American Red Cross was called to aid the family with immediate assistance and housing for the night.

“The residents of the home acted quickly,” said Assistant Fire Chief Kerr, “and if not for that quick action it could have had a much more serious outcome.”

North Lincoln Fire & Rescue had 18 firefighters on scene at the fire and reported no injuries to family members or crews. The cause of the fire is currently under investigation, but appears to be electrical in nature.

“This serves as a good reminder that working smoke alarms save lives and to check your smoke alarms monthly,” said North Lincoln Fire and Rescue Safety Office Jim Kusz.

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