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Smoke Detector Saves Woman’s Life

Posted on 07 June 2011

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In the early hours of Monday morning, June 6,  the Southampton Town Police 911 center received a call from a Burkeshire Drive, Noyac, resident reporting a neighboring house on fire. Immediately after the initial call at 2:24 a.m., and the dispatching of the Sag Harbor Fire Department, the 911 center received an additional call from the sole occupant of 3 Burkeshire Drive also reporting a fire within the residence.

Within minutes numerous Sag Harbor Fire Department firefighters and a Southampton Town Police officer arrived at the residence to find the attached garage and a portion of the house engulfed in flames. The occupant, a 58-year-old woman, told the officer that she was asleep in bed when the smoke detectors activated awaking her. She immediately evacuated the residence and once safely outside made the call to 911.

Due to the volume of fire and the speed at which it spread, it is believed that had the smoke detector not activated, the woman would have been overcome by the smoke and/or flames, said police in a press release.

It took the Sag Harbor Fire Department approximately 45 minutes to bring the blaze under control. The home and two vehicles, one in the garage and one adjacent to the garage door suffered significant damage, however no civilians or fire personnel were injured.

The Sag Harbor Fire Department was assisted by the East Hampton Fire Department and the Sag Harbor Volunteer Ambulance Corps at the scene. The Bridgehampton Fire Department stood-by in Sag Harbor in the event of another fire emergency.

Southampton Town fire marshalls were requested to the scene to investigate the cause of the fire. It does not appear to be suspicious in nature at this time, although the investigation is still on-going.

The Southampton Town Police Department strongly urges the public to ensure that they have working smoke detectors in their homes. One detector should be installed in each bedroom, one outside of each sleeping area and at least one on each level of the structure. Additionally, the detectors should be tested once a month and the batteries replaced twice a year at the time changes for daylight savings.

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