Firefighters kick off Fire Prevention Week on Baltimore Street

MEMPHIS, TN (WMC-TV) - Memphis firefighters Monday returned to the neighborhood where seven people died in a tragic house fire earlier this year.

The event, which stressed the need for fire safety, kicked off this year's Fire Prevention Week.

While the atmosphere was festive, the message behind the kick-off was very serious.
"Its important to know that most fire fatalities occur in the home, and usually while we are asleep at night," Assistant Fire Marshal Chief Joe Payne said.

Emergency workers spent the morning talking with Melrose students about everything from the need for working smoke detectors to the need for a pre-arranged escape plan in case there is a fire.

Many of the students were classmates with Darius Poole, the Orange Mound teenager who lost everything when fire killed seven members of his family.

Firefighters hope that students will take their message of fire safety home with them and share it with their parents, siblings, and everyone else in their neighborhood.

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