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Working Smoke Alarms Alert Sleeping Family to House Fire
Franklin, TN – A sleeping family of four and six pets survived a house fire Tuesday night, May 28, 2019, thanks to working, interconnected smoke alarms.
The Franklin Fire Department was dispatched at 11:48 PM to the two-story home on Wisteria Drive in the Sullivan Farms Neighborhood. They arrived four minutes later to find a couch on fire in the front yard and smoke coming from the two-car garage.
Franklin Fire Lt./Investigator Bill Almon said smoke alarms woke the mother and her three children, ages 17 and older, who discovered a couch stored in the garage was on fire. Almon said two of the family members unsuccessfully tried to extinguish the blazing couch, then moved it to the front yard while it was still on fire, while another called 911.
Believing there was no longer any danger, Almon said two of the family members went back to bed. However, there was still fire burning inside the garage wall, and smoke throughout the home when firefighters arrived. Firefighters evacuated all of the family members, moved the pets to safety, and extinguished the garage fire and couch.
Almon said the fire was accidental and caused by electrical problems. He said a damaged electrical outlet appeared to have overheated and ignited, spreading to the couch that was pushed up against it. He said the fire was contained to the garage, although there was smoke damage throughout the home. A garage smoke alarm activated, and caused other interconnected alarms throughout the home to sound, waking the family. Almon estimated damage at $11,000 to the home, valued at $460,000.
Franklin Fire Department reminders:
- Have an Outside Meeting Place where you and your family will meet when your smoke alarms sound and/or there is a fire. Remain there until a firefighter says it’s safe to go back inside, even if you think the fire is out.
- Call a qualified electrician or your landlord if you have:
- Frequent problems with blowing fuses or tripping circuit breakers
- A tingling feeling when you touch an electrical appliance
- Discolored or warm wall outlets
- A burning or rubbery smell coming from an appliance
- Flickering or dimming lights
- Sparks from an outlet
- An electrical outlet or switch that does not work