By Reggie Connell/Publisher and Managing Editor of The Apopka Voice
It’s a cautionary tale with a simple, inexpensive smoke detector as the hero.
The Apopka Fire Department responded to a house fire on Saturday night in the Spring Harbor Subdivision off of Welch Road. 18 firefighters from three different stations were dispatched, along with two ambulances, two fire trucks, a heavy rescue truck (special operations team), and two squad trucks. They fought the blaze into the early hours of Sunday morning.
The 1,800 square foot house suffered extensive damage, but the occupants were awakened by the sound of smoke detector alarms going off and were able to quickly evacuate.
No injuries were reported from the fire, but without the detectors, the story could have ended much differently.
Apopka Fire Chief Chuck Carnesale was at the fire, and was pleased with the prompt response of his department, but stressed the importance of the smoke detectors.
“Bottom line is smoke detectors save lives, there’s no question,” he said. “And with most residential fires occurring at night, if a family can be one step ahead, it could make a huge difference in the outcome.”
He also pointed out how Apopka’s six fire departments guarantee prompt response times on calls for service throughout the community.
If you need assistance obtaining or installing a smoke detector and live in the city limits of Apopka or the new Apopka fire contract area (Rock Springs, Kelly Park, Plymouth Sorrento and Mt. Plymouth area), please fill out the Apopka Fire Department Smoke Detector Request Form on the AFD website or simply call the AFD office at 407-703-1756 Monday through Friday from 8am-5pm.
For more details on the smoke detector program, or to fill out the application, go here.
Editor’s Note: Chief Chuck Carnesale and a post from the Apopka Fire Department Facebook page contributed to this report. All photos care of the Apopka Fire Department.