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Smoke Detectors In Homes

"I don't know how people can go to bed at night without a smoke detector in their house," says Captain Bob Johnson "I don't know how people can go to bed at night without a smoke detector in their house," says Captain Bob Johnson

Amarillo fire officials continue to investigate the city's latest house fire that caused an estimated one-hundred thousand dollars worth of damage to a home in the 4100 block of Tucson.

Officials say the blaze broke out around two thirty this morning. The rear porch of the home, along with the roof and attic, were damaged. Officials say the heavy smoke alerted neighbors to call 911, but the fire had been burning for quite some time. No injuries were reported.

Luckily no one was inside that home when the fire started, but if they were, they would not have had any warning device since no smoke alarms were installed. For about ten bucks, anyone can buy a smoke alarm, so that's why officials get upset when they find a home without one. "It can happen to anybody at anytime and I don't know how people can go to bed at night without a smoke detector in their house because when you're asleep, you don't know what's going on," says Captain Bob Johnson of the Amarillo Fire Department.

Sometimes smoke alarms can even be heard outside the home which is why Piper Hutchens wished her neighbors would have had one. "In older homes like this, I think that's a must have. We have ours in our house, but I can't believe they didn't have smoke detectors. You have to have smoke detectors and carbon monoxide detectors, that's a must have in homes now, especially with kids," says Hutchens.

Piper and her fiance were asleep when the fire broke out and only called 9-1-1 after they saw the orange flames from their bedroom window. They say the sound of a smoke alarm going off might have helped to put the fire out faster. "I think we would have heard it sooner. The fire marshall told us last night it was already burning for a little bit before we even heard it in our house," says Hutchens.

Piper Hutchens also told us she already has two smoke detectors in her home but says she has put additional alarms on her wedding gift list just to be safe.

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