Official: Smoke detector saved family of four

DULUTH - A working smoke detector played a significant role in saving a Duluth family whose home caught fire in the wee hours Tuesday morning, an official said.

Four family pets weren't so fortunate.

Firefighters found the two-story home in the 4000 block of Brook Farms Drive ablaze when they arrived about

3:50 a.m., officials said. Four people sleeping inside - two adults and two children - had been alerted by a smoke detector and fled the home uninjured.

The fire was under control at 4:36 a.m., officials said. The home, as well as a vehicle parked in its garage, are considered total losses.

The family's pets - three dogs and a cat - were trapped inside the home and perished, Fire Department spokesman Capt. Thomas Rutledge said.

"The smoke detector, no doubt, save the life of this family," Rutledge said.

Rutledge said the cause of the fire is under investigation. The Red Cross will assist the family, he said.

Rutledge called the fire a prime example of why "a smoke detector on every level of the home and in the hallway outside the bedrooms is so important."

Fire displaces Barrow family

WINDER - A Barrow County family of five was displaced by a fire that broke out just after

1 p.m. Monday on Lloyd Blakely Road.

Firefighters brought the blaze under control quickly, but not before it caused heavy damage to the single family residence, said Barrow County Fire Department spokesman Lt. Scott Dakin.

Officials with the American Red Cross responded to the scene to assist the family, and the Fire Department has offered the services of the Children After the Fire program to the younger victims, Dakin said.

The cause of the fire is under investigation.