Smoke detectors save lives in Colerain fire

Posted at 12:27 PM, Jan 15, 2016
and last updated 2016-01-15 16:00:03-05

COLERAIN TOWNSHIP, Ohio – Firefighters credited smoke alarms with saving the lives of two people who were sleeping in a Colerain Township home when a fire started Friday morning.

The Colerain Township Department of Fire-EMS were dispatched to a report of a fire in the 8400 block of Sunlight Drive near Bluelark Drive at about 9:13 a.m. Firefighters on the way could see a column of smoke rising from the home.

When the fire started, two adults and a dog were sleeping in the home. They were alerted to the danger by a pair of smoke alarms that had just been installed in November as part of a neighborhood canvas project by the fire department and Red Cross, Assistant Fire Chief Allen Walls said.

"You can't put price on the cost of a smoke detector knowing that for us in this community it saved two lives," Walls said.

Fire crews found the dog during their first search of the home, and it did not appear to have suffered any ill effects, they said.

The cause of the fire remains under investigation. After extinguishing it, officials estimated it had caused $80,000 worth of damage.

The Red Cross was helping three adults and a child with temporary relocation.