Family of five displaced by fire Smoke detector awakes sleeping family

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TOWN OF AUGUSTA — A family of five have been displaced from their Spencer Road home following an early morning fire on Thursday, according to local authorities.

Fire officials said working smoke detectors alerted the sleeping family to the 4:17 a.m. blaze.

Oriskany Falls Fire Chief Russell Petrie said the two adults and three children were asleep when the downstairs smoke detector woke the father. He then got his family out of the two-story home and called 9-1-1.

“This incident illustrates the lifesaving benefits of having working smoke detectors in every level of your home,” Petrie said.

“Without them, this incident could have had a much worse, even tragic, outcome.”

All five family members evacuated the residence as volunteers from five Oneida and Madison county departments responded to the scene. Petrie said there was smoke and fire visible on the first floor, rapidly spreading up to the second floor.

The chief said responding firefighters took hose lines into the first floor to attack the seat of the fire, getting a “good knockdown” on the flames. Crews also worked to keep the fire from spreading.

There were no injuries reported during the fire, either from family members or firefighters, the chief stated.

The cause of the fire has not yet been determined, but Petrie said it may have been electrical in nature.

The chief said the residence is repairable and the family’s belongings sustained only minimal damage.

The Oriskany Falls, Vernon Center, Deansboro, Munnsville and Madison fire departments responded.

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