Three escape early morning fire

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Update: 5:45 pm, 4/27/17, Monday

CHAMPAIGN — A family got out of their burning home, all thanks to smoke alarms.

They were sleeping when a fire started in a bedroom upstairs. It happened in the 1000 block of West Hill Street Sunday morning. The mother says luckily she woke up and everyone got out safely.

A family of three was asleep in this Champaign home when a fire started upstairs.

“We had smoke alarms and all of those people got out alive.” 

Mom and daughter were sleeping there. Dad was downstairs. And the sound of a working smoke alarm saved their lives.

“We don’t want to see anybody die of a fire.”

The family says they remodeled this home four years ago. And never dreamt they would have to deal with a fire.

They’re relieved to know the alarms worked when they needed them to.

“No one is immune from fire a fire can break out, anywhere, anytime you know there’s some things you can do to prevent fires but you never know when you have a wiring issue and a fire may break out.” 

Champaign’s fire chief Gary Ludwig says the fire on Hill Street is tragic. And it could have been a different outcome if they didn’t have these installed.

“Unfortunately we’ve had 4 people die in house fires here in Champaign in the last year, in three separate fires. The common denominator is they were all in the early morning hours and none of them had working smoke alarms.”

Chief Ludwig says he can’t stress the importance enough. But he hopes people realize they really can save lives. 

The Champaign fire department has installed 2500 smoke alarms in the last year. It’s for their Smoke Alarm Blitz events.

In the last year there have been four deadly fires. After the fire the department goes into the neighborhood and installs alarms.

CHAMPAIGN —  Three people escape an early morning house fire.

The Champaign Fire Department responded to a working fire at 1002 W. Hill Street Sunday morning. Firefighters found smoke and fire spreading to the second floor of the home.

Two adults and one child were asleep at the time of the fire and were alerted to the fire by working smoke alarms.  The adult male was evaluated but not transported to hospital.  There were no firefighter injuries reported.       

The total damage estimate is $67,500.

The cause of the fire is under investigation.

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