Memphis firefighters try to prevent future fire deaths - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

Reported by Jason Miles

Memphis firefighters try to prevent future fire deaths

MEMPHIS, TN (WMC-TV) - A working smoke detector is the sound of safety.

"Well, I think it's great," said Florence Stuckey.

She had one installed in her home Monday night.

"It will wake me up if smoke start," said Stuckey.

Action News 5 went door to door Monday night with Memphis firefighters.

"We're making sure everybody has a working smoke detector," said one firefighter to a homeowner.

We were in the same neighborhood where a house went up in flames over the weekend.

"It doesn't always make the news, but we're out in the community all the time setting up smoke detectors," said MFD Director Alvin Benson.

Fire investigators tell us the duplex at 862 Baltimore was too badly damaged to determine a cause.  And it is unclear if a working smoke detector was installed.  Melissa Poole and six kids were killed when a fast-moving fire swept through.

"Well, I just think they might wake you up when you wouldn't wake," said neighbor Mattie Beasley.

She was glad firefighters paid her a visit.

"I sure am," she said.

Firefighter Keith Martin and his colleagues were encouraged some people were already prepared.

"She got seven of them already," Martin told us of one lady.  "We love that part," he added.

They know a little prevention could help keep another tragedy from happening.

"Smoke detectors are the first line of defense," said Director Benson.

You can stop by any Memphis fire station and pick up a smoke detectors for free.  You can also call to have one delivered and installed by a firefighter.  Again, it is free of charge.  That number is 901-320-5651.


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