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Fire Marshal’s spokesman Shane Cartmill says Christopher Williams of Gallipolis saw a heavy amount of smoke coming from his neighbor’s mobile home this morning – and knocked on the front and back doors to wake the family.
Cartmill says the 20-year-old mother was unable to get the door open, so Williams forced it open and got her to safety. He then went into the burning mobile home – spotted the hands of the three-year-old child through the smoke and pulled him to safety.
Cartmill says all three were evaluated at the scene but did not require hospitalization.
s Williams rescued the family, his wife called Nine-One-One. The home was equipped with smoke alarms, but they didn’t have batteries.
Cartmill says the home was completely destroyed by fire. The cause remains under investigation.
State Fire Marshal Larry Flowers says this family is extremely fortunate that an observant neighbor spotted this fire when he did. Investigators say the outcome would have been tragic in less than two minutes especially since there were no batteries in the smoke alarms.
He says the facts speak clearly: working smoke alarms save lives and double individuals’ chances of escaping a fire – and the fire marshal encourages all Ohioans to make sure their smoke detectors are properly placed, regularly tested and maintained.