One Child is Dead after House Fire, No Smoke Alarms Were in the Home
SAVANNAH, GA – May 30, 2018 (wjcl.com). According to an online news report at wjcl.com, one child is dead and several other children are injured after a house fire where the home had no smoke detectors.*
Twenty people are homeless after a fire destroyed an apartment in East Savannah on Wednesday morning. Two adults and five children resided in the apartment on the first floor where it is believed the fire started. “Those children were later taken to the hospital, and there was one unaccounted for, so firefighters searched that building, and eventually found an unresponsive child in the home,” stated Jenel Few, Savannah Fire spokesperson.
A girl aged five died as a result of the fire. The remaining children were taken to an area hospitals for treatment of injuries ranging from minor to severe burns.
While the fire remains under investigation, it is known that the apartment where the children resided had no smoke detectors. The cause of the fire remains unknown at this time.
“A fire is a very scary thing, especially for children. It’s important to have a plan, and discuss that plan, and practice that plan with your family, so that they know in the event of a fire, these are the steps you should take to get out safely,” stated Few.
Fourteen other individuals resided on the second floor, but most were not at the residence when the fire began.
The American Red Cross is helping families affected by the fire.
Savannah Fire Department was able to contain the fire to the first floor however, the remaining part of the building sustained severe smoke and water damage.
American Red Cross is assisting the displaced families, calling in more caseworkers than normal.
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