Red Cross holds fire safety fair in wake of deadly blaze

By: NewsCenter 16 Staff Email
By: NewsCenter 16 Staff Email

THREE OAKS, Mich. On Saturday, volunteers from the Red Cross held a safety fair that had been on the calendar even before a recent deadly fire.

The aim was to raise awareness of any and all house fires and to encourage folks to plan ways to safely escape their homes.

Firefighters and first responders urge families to be prepared to avoid injury or possibly death.

"It's a smart thing to do," said Breeze Ettl, Community Chapter Executive, Three Oaks. "It's a necessary thing to do. You got to have that plan and you got to work with your kids or the elderly to make sure that everybody living in that house knows exactly what to do in case there is a fire."

First responders urge all families to be ready and have an exit strategy prepared so family members know how to escape a fire safely.

A house fire in Three Oaks killed four people earlier this month.

Unfortunately, it sometimes takes a disaster like this to remind everyone the importance of fire safety.

A passerby spotted flames early in the morning on February 6.

By the time firefighters arrived and extinguished the blaze, it was too late.

Orville and Leota Kiernan, their granddaughter Anna Peek and her boyfriend Kyle Tyler all died of smoke inhalation.

Investigators say the man of the house was a heavy smoker and there were no known working smoke detectors inside the house.

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