Fire Department: Smoke alarms saved lives in NW Side house fire

Published on July 06, 2018

Photo of a smoke detector with the word

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. – The Grand Rapids Fire Department is crediting smoke alarms for saving the lives of a resident and several pets during a house fire this morning on the city’s Northwest Side.

Fire Marshal Ric Dokter said smoke alarms activated by the 8:45 a.m. fire woke a sleeping resident at 1251 Alpine Ave. NW. The resident had time to escape and notify the Grand Rapids Fire Department via 911.  The early notification allowed fire crews to extinguish the dangerous fire before the house structure became involved and rescue a number of the pets that were in the home.

“I have little doubt that the smoke alarm prevented a loss of life today,” Dokter said.

The amount of loss to the house is not yet known. However, Dokter said the early notification prevented much greater damage to the house.

The homeowner installed smoke alarms in the house several years ago.

The Grand Rapids Fire Department installs free smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors in owner-occupied homes in the city through the Residential Safety Program.  If you need working smoke alarms in your home, call 311 or 616.456.3000 to register for the program. For more information, CLICK HERE.