SPRINGDALE, Ark. (KNWA) — The Springdale Fire Department is battling more house fires this winter than in years past and their smoke alarm installation program is saving lives.
“It’s probably as scared as I’ve ever been but the fire alarm saved my life,” said Springdale resident, Rodney Cameron.
Rodney Cameron has lived in his Springdale home for 10 years. This past Thanksgiving, he was in for a rude awakening.
“At about 1:30 in the morning I woke up and the fire alarm was going off. I got the dogs out and for some reason, I ran back inside and grabbed the fire extinguisher and when I opened the door the furnace it was fully engulfed.” Cameron said.
Cameron was able to put out the fire before firefighters arrived.
“It was very quick, very fast and it would have been bad,” Cameron said.
Because of the smoke alarm, the Springdale Fire Department installed in Cameron’s home eight years ago, his life was saved. Now the fire department is hoping the sign that’s sitting right outside of his home will save more lives.
“Every year we work to distribute smoke alarms to whoever needs them in the community. We don’t ask for justification. If someone says they can’t afford a smoke alarm we make it happen.” said Captain Matt Bagley with the Springdale Fire Department.
Captain Bagley said for years, they’ve installed smoke detectors in homes for free. This is the first incident — to their knowledge — where their smoke alarm installation saved someone’s life.
“Everything that we do is based on that life safety. You risk a lot to save a lot. We just want to be doing everything we can to educate our community and to provide for our community so that we can all feel a little bit safer.” Cpt. Bagley said.
And as for Cameron, he couldn’t be more thankful to the Springdale Fire Department.
“Let the firefighters come put one fire alarm in. It could save your life.” Cameron said.
To find out more about the free installation program the Springdale Fire Department has, click here.