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Deputy Fire Chief believes smoke alarms in fatal house fire prevented larger tragedy

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The Deputy Fire Chief with the North Bay Fire Department says Thursday’s fatal house fire could have been worse if not for working fire alarms.  One person died in the fire which broke out around 3:30am.   Greg Saunders says the alarms did what they’re supposed to do and that’s to alert the tenants that something was wrong.  He says when he arrived on the scene they were still blaring.  The alarms gave several tenants enough time to get out of the home on their own while three others had to be rescued.  Of those people who were rescued, Saunders says two of them were on the roof and the third was hanging from a window.  Saunders didn’t know exactly how many tenants were inside however the home has seven mailboxes.   Saunders says the displaced tenants are now being looked after by Near North Victims Services.   He says the agency is providing clothing and lodgings for the displaced tenants until they can get back into their rooms.   As for the victim, firefighters found the person once the flames were out and brought the person to a waiting ambulance.  Saunders says the person succumbed to their injuries.  The Fire Marshall’s Office in looking into the cause of the fire.

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