Closed doors saves lives in a Floyd fire Print

A Floyd County family escaped tragedy on Thanksgiving morning thanks to closed doors in their house.


Lafayette Township Fire Protection’s Chief Jeremy Klein credits the homeowners practice of closing all the doors in the house at night for saving their lives.

He said by closing the doors, it gave the occupants extra time to escape and limiting most of the damage to the basement.

At 4:49 a.m. on Thanksgiving morning, Lafayette Township Fire Protection District was dispatched to 6209 Loi Rd. for a fire in the basement

The first unit from LTFPD, Quad 11, arrived on scene.

The homeowner said that all four of the occupants and pets were out of the home and they had all the doors closed in the house including the basement, where the fire was occurring.

Quad 11’s firefighters entered the basement and were able to extinguish the fire quickly.

The home did have heat detectors but the detectors were very old and designed for only activating when the heat of the fire melted a fuse to activate a horn.

Those detectors did not activate.

The cause of the fire is still under investigation but preliminary findings point to a possible electrical in nature.

Chief Klein and LTFPD strongly recommends everyone close their doors at night, and even when your not home. This is a proven fact, all over the country, that this one simple act could buy you the time you need to save your life in a fire. Chief Klein also recommends everyone have working smoke detectors in their home and check them at least twice a year for function. If your detector is more than ten years old they need to be replaced.

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