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Firefighters check residents' smoke detectors after fatal fire

Posted at 8:07 PM, Jun 05, 2018
and last updated 2018-06-05 21:07:05-04

TULSA -- Firefighters are making sure a tragedy like Monday’s fatal house fire does not happen again.

Stan May with Tulsa Fire Department said, “People’s awareness is up right now. They’re curious, so we’re going to take advantage of that. We’re going to go door to door.”

Tulsa firefighters checked on surrounding neighbors’ smoke detectors. May said, “If they don’t have them in the right place, we’ll put a new one up for them - whatever we can do to make sure they’re safe tonight.”

The daughter of one of last night’s victims told 2 Works for You there used to be a smoke detector in the house, but it was taken down because they said the beeping was annoying.

In situations like the one on Monday, having a smoke detector up to date could potentially save a life by seconds.

May said, “We’re thinking they had some kind of physical disability. They need those few extra seconds to get out, and when you get up in the middle of the night at 1:30 in the morning, you’re disoriented. You’re not sure where everything is at, and you need those extra seconds. Your family needs them.”

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