Troy firefighters work to extinguish an early morning fire that started in a local family’s garage May 6.

Troy firefighters work to extinguish an early morning fire that started in a local family’s garage May 6.

Photo provided by the Troy Fire Department


Family of 9 safely escapes home during overnight fire

By: Jonathan Shead | Troy Times | Published May 7, 2021

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A family of nine are all safe and accounted for after escaping a structure fire that started during the early morning hours of May 6 in the family’s attached garage at their home in the 2000 block of Lovington Drive. 

According to a Troy Fire Department press release, smoke alarms in the home notified the family before the fire had spread to the house. The family used multiple exit points, including placing some of the children out of a bedroom window in the single-story home, to evacuate safely. 

Once outside at 5:32 a.m., they called 911. Troy firefighters from Station 1 and Station 4, and Alliance Medical Health emergency medical personnel, arrived at the scene shortly after. 

Firefighters worked quickly at the scene to put out the flames before they reached the house. Damage from the fire was contained to the garage, though heavy smoke damage seeped from the garage into the breezeway of the home. 

 Troy Fire Department Lt. Dan Mahrle said crews spent about two and a half to three hours at the scene. “That includes the initial arrival and the investigation time,” he said. 

No injuries were reported. Mahrle said the fire is a good reminder why it’s important to have working smoke alarms in a home. “This could have been a very different outcome if the smoke alarms were not installed,” he said in a press release. 

“I did not speak to them directly, but I believe they spoke to our assistant chief,” Mahrle added about the family. “They were very grateful to be able to have that time given by the smoke alarm to get their entire family out.” 

Troy Fire personnel investigated the fire and determined the cause was unintentional. The estimated cost to repair the damage was unavailable at press time. 

“There’s not really updated estimates at this point, but the bulk of the damage was sustained to the garage, on the interior and exterior,” Mahrle said. “The home itself is in pretty good condition at this point. Of course it’s going to have to be inspected … which we haven’t done quite yet. Most of the damage is contained to the garage area, though.” 

It’s “very possible” the garage will need to be replaced, Mahrle added. 

Fire Department personnel recommend residents have a working smoke alarm in each bedroom, outside of each sleeping area, and at least one on each floor of a home. They also recommend testing smoke alarm batteries monthly to ensure they’re still working, replacing them every 10 years, and working on a fire escape plan with those in your household. 

Fire escape plans and preparedness strategies can be found at https://nfpa.org/Public-Education/Staying-safe/Preparedness/Escape-planning.

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