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Smoke alarm alerts sleeping resident of East Ave. kitchen fire

Posted 3/2/19

A smoke alarm alerted a sleeping resident of a kitchen fire that damaged an East Avenue home Friday afternoon. Deputy Chief Timothy Reilly said the alarm for 828 East Ave. was raised at 1:26 p.m. …

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Smoke alarm alerts sleeping resident of East Ave. kitchen fire

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A smoke alarm alerted a sleeping resident of a kitchen fire that damaged an East Avenue home Friday afternoon.

Deputy Chief Timothy Reilly said the alarm for 828 East Ave. was raised at 1:26 p.m. when a passer-by called 911 to report heavy black smoke coming from the front of the residence. Sixteen on-duty firefighters responded with three engines, an aerial truck and rescue rig.

While en-route to the scene, Reilly said one of the homeowners, Amber Sharpe, called and stated she had a kitchen fire inside the house. Upon arrival, fire personnel were met with heavy black smoke coming from the front door of the one-story wood frame structure.

Crews made a quick entry into the home with a hose line and found the stove top and cabinets nearby engulfed in flames, Reilly said. Flames were extinguished and the blaze was under control in about eight minutes, the deputy chief said.

National Grid was called to the scene to cut power and gas service as a precaution during the overhaul and investigation process. Sharpe stated she was home alone and was sleeping when she was woken up by an activated smoke detector. She then went to the kitchen area and found the stove on fire, Reilly said. Sharpe then exited the residence and called 911.

Fire crews remained on the scene to check for an extension of flames in the walls or ceiling. Investigators at the scene ruled the cause of the fire accidental. Crews were back in service by 2:39 p.m.

The home is also owned by Salvatore Manuele II. Manuele, Sharpe and son Salvatore Manuele III received assistance from the Mohawk Valley Chapter of the American Red Cross, which provided temporary housing at a local hotel.

“This is the second fire in the past 48 hours in the City of Rome where a smoke detector alerted the sleeping resident to a fire that could have otherwise been deadly,” stated Reilly. “The fire department would like to take this opportunity to remind residents to check their smoke detectors to be sure they are present and operating.”

The deputy chief said the fire department is working in cooperation with the American Red Cross to provide and install smoke alarms. If area residents need smoke detectors, they may contact the fire department at 315-339-7784.

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