MCFRS News Release

Smoke Alarm Saves Family

Fire Results in $1.1 Million Dollars in Damage

Early on Sunday, October 8, 2006, at approximately 3:35 a.m., fire and rescue units from the Montgomery County Fire and Rescue Service responded to the report of a house fire at 1311 Brighton Dam Rd, in the Brighton area near Triadelphia Reservoir.
First arriving units encountered heavy fire coming from the rear of a large, one-story single family house. The occupants were able to evacuate the house prior to the arrival of firefighters. A smoke alarm activated and alerted sleeping occupants of a fire. The home is also equipped with a ‘monitored fire alarm system’. The alarm company initially alerted the fire department. Residents also called 911.

Dozens of firefighters Montgomery County firefighters were called to the scene. Howard County Fire and Rescue provided mutual aid assistance. This is a non-hydrant area near the Montgomery County and Howard County border. Several water tankers were brought to the scene to supply a water source fro firefighting crews. There were no injuries.

Montgomery County Fire and Explosive Investigators believe the fire was accidental and most probably electrical in nature. The fire appears to have started on the exterior, in the rear of the house, and may have originated near an outside light fixture.

The fire extended into the roof area and caused significant damage. Fire loss is estimated at over $1 million dollars, including $850,000 to the structure and $250,000 to the contents. A family of four, two adults and two children were displaced. Red Cross is assisting.

October is Fire Prevention Month in Montgomery County. Having a working smoke alarm dramatically increases your chances of surviving a fire. And remember to practice a home escape plan frequently with your friends and family.

The best protection a family can have in order to survive a home fire is the combination of a residential sprinkler system and working smoke alarms. Since January 2004 all newly built single family homes in Montgomery County have been required to have residential sprinkler systems. It is recommended that a smoke alarm be installed on every level of a home and families have and practice a home escape plan. The simplest thing a family can do to protect themselves is to have a working smoke alarm and an escape plan. Get out and stay out!

It is important that all residents know to have a working smoke alarm on each level of a home, have an escape plan (know how to get out quickly) and call the fire department from a safe area, preferably a neighbor’s house. Do not delay!