Fire Officials: Smoke detector saves family from Miamisburg house fire

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Fire officials say a working smoke detector saved a family from a house fire in Miamisburg.

The fire started just after 2 a.m. Thursday in the basement of a house in the 600 block of Dunraven Pass, near Overland Trail.

Fire officials say the three people and two dogs living inside the house were able to escape unharmed after the smoke detector went off, waking them up and alerting them to the fire.

When firefighters arrived, they worked quickly to knock down the fire in the basement.

Fire officials say the family did everything right from the moment they knew there was a fire inside their home.

“All indications were that they realized there was more there than what they could handle, so they rounded up their animals, got their daughter up and called us right away,” Miami Valley Fire District Battalion Chief Steve Meadows said. “Pretty much by the book is what they did.”

“They got the most important valuables in the house out, which is the people, then they initiated the 911 call.”

Meadows says this illustrates the importance of having working smoke detectors in your home.

“This is a good chance to let everyone know that they (smoke detectors) do their job,” Meadows said. “You just have to maintain them.”

The cause of the fire is under investigation.

A West Carrollton Fire crew assisted the Miami Valley Fire District at the scene.

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