Smoke Detector Saves LaGrange Family

An Addie Street family was saved by a working smoke detector late Sunday night.

Monday morning about 3:24 a.m. firefighters with the LaGrange Fire Department responded to the 100 block of Addie Street in La-Grange in reference to a reported structure fire.

Firefighters arrived minutes later to find the singlestory, wood-frame family dwelling fully engulfed in flames on the front side.

Officials say the fire was very intense, and firefighters began an aggressive attack from the outside. Eventually, firefighters were able to enter into the structure to continue attacking the fire, while searching to make sure all occupants were out of the blaze.

The fire caused extensive damage to the residence, as well as several vehicles parked near the burning home. The home was totally destroyed.

Firefighters were able to bring the fire under control by 4:07 a.m.

Fire Investigators later determined fire was caused by an electrical problem.

The local chapter of the American Red Cross responded to the scene to provide emergency services to the displaced occupants.

Later that morning about 9:15 a.m., firefighters were called back to the scene with smoke and flames showing from the attic. Firefighters again quickly extinguished fire, which they believe was reignited by smoldering sparks in the attic.

A total of four adults and three children escaped the blaze after being alerted by a working smoke alarm.

There were no injuries reported.

Tommy Murphy Staff Writer