Are you as prepared as this family? Things can be replaced but loved ones can’t, Joplin Fire Dept has checkpoints for your family
JOPLIN, Mo. – Early Sunday morning, Joplin News first covered this fire LIVE!, 511 South Jackson, Joplin, at the scene to tell you first about this fire and that the family was safe.
IN THIS SECURITY CAMERA VIDEO:
“The living room with a small child sleeping on the sofa. The fire was an accidental fire that started on the front porch, then, blown by the wind, quickly advanced and spread through the house, blocking the front door and stairwell almost immediately. The little child can be heard coughing as she sleeps from the smoke entering the house and even sleeping through the fire entering the front of the house. This house was protected by a fire alarm system which, when activated, sounded an alarm and signaled that there was a fire in the house. This woke the small child who immediately reacted by escaping from the other direction, which family members say is what they taught him. The [second angle] the video ends showing the whole family coming out of the back of the house to safety as the whole family was woken up by the alarm going off.
Cpl. Michael Gauss of the Joplin Police Department told us by the glow of emergency lights early Sunday morning, “it was just in the right place and at the right time, we were able to help get the kids out.”
“A little girl looked at me [he pauses and tilts his head] and I could tell she didn’t want to come with me. So I already had his brother and I told him why you wouldn’t come with your brother. So they all got out safely with the help of another officer, Ofc. Arthur Brophy.
In a Monday news release from the Joplin Fire Department to the public via Facebook, “Officers from the Joplin Police Department in the patrolling neighborhood arrived at the same time we received the call and were able to help all occupants exit the structure through the back door.”
Authorities specifically told us that JPD officers were there within 60 seconds of the call and were able to get the kids and everyone out within a minute. Our Joplin News First radio showed the Joplin Fire Department arriving approximately 2 minutes after the initial call.
The Joplin Fire Department offers these questions as checkpoints:
- Does your home have working smoke detectors?
- Have you taught your children what to do in the event of a fire?
- What is your backup plan if you can’t get out of a house?
Are you as prepared as this family? Things can be replaced, but loved ones cannot. The Joplin Fire Department also commends this family for “taking the necessary steps to keep their family safe when their fire happened.”
NOTE: SAFETY VIDEO USED WITH PERMISSION FROM JOPLIN FIRE DEPARTMENT AND OWNER OF VIDEO.
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