Smoke detectors save lives of
Wanda English Burnett
Last Wednesday a Sunman familys home went up in flames.
According to information from the Sunman Fire Chief Bill Craig,
the home of Estel and Linda Stamper on Blue Creek Road was fully
engulfed in flames when their department arrived on the scene
about 9:42 a.m. January 4.
The family was alerted by smoke detectors, with Chief Craig saying
he wasnt sure the family would have escaped unharmed had
they not had the smoke detectors in place and heard them. Four
people were inside the home when the fire began in the basement.
Chief Craig told the media they (firefighters) wanted to vent
through the roof, but could only get to the front door before
they called back the firefighters and the roof collapsed.
The walls are still standing, but two-thirds of the home is gone.
He said the family was able to get just a few personal items out
from the first floor.
The cause of the fire has not been released at this time.
Other departments assisting the Sunman department include Morris
and St. Leon. There were over two dozen firefighters on the scene
at one time according to Craig, who said it took over five hours
to put out the fire.
Sixty-five percent of fires that occur in the winter months are
caused by people using inserts, wood burning stoves, candles and
more commonly, space heaters. Chief Craig said to make sure space
heaters are well away from curtains, papers, etc.