Push for Smoke Detectors in Pike County, Ky.

By: Lauren Schmoll Email
By: Lauren Schmoll Email

PIKE COUNTY, Ky. (WSAZ) -- Nearly two weeks after a deadly fire that killed a family of five, there's a new push for fire safety in Pike County.

On Jan. 9, a space heater started a fire in a home with six people inside.

Only one of them made it out

Now, two weeks later, firefighters are hoping some good can come from this tragedy -- in the form of awareness.

“I think it's an absolute wonderful thing,” Shelby Valley Fire Chief Darrell Compton said. “Better news could not have come in such a tragedy as we've had.”

On Tuesday, there was a big announcement from the state Fire Marshal’s office.

Some 250 smoke detectors will be given away by Pike County fire departments to homes without working alarms.

“Sometimes we get hung up concerning why people don't do it,” State Fire Marshal William Swope, Jr. said. “It's because they've got so many other things going on in their life, that it just doesn't take priority at that particular point in time.”

“With today's economy, you know ... people just try to get by with whatever they can,” Randy Courtney, president of the Pike County Firefighter’s Association, said. “And this is the last thing on their mind -- to buy a smoke detector.”

Perhaps the one silver lining to this tragedy is that it is bringing fire safety and prevention to the front of everyone's mind.

“I look forward to getting them out,” Compton said. “And hopefully, if we can save one life, it'll all be worthwhile.”

Anyone in Pike County in need of a smoke detector should contact his or her local fire department.

Within days, firefighters will come out to your house and install it for you.


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