Smoke detector saves Chandler family, prompts 12-year-old to call 911


by Catherine Holland

Video report by Javier Soto

Posted on May 15, 2013 at 7:12 AM

Updated Thursday, May 16 at 5:47 PM

Map: Near Arizona Ave. & Pecos

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CHANDLER, Ariz. -- Five children and one adult are homeless after an early morning fire at a Chandler duplex, but they just might owe their lives to a smoke detector.

It happened just after 3 a.m. near Arizona Avenue and Pecos Road.

Firefighters believe the fire started outside. There was so much smoke that a smoke detector inside the house went off, waking the kids. One of those kids, a 12-year-old, called 911.

Firefighters quickly knocked down the flames and kept the fire from spreading to the house next door.

No injuries were reported.

The Chandler Fire Department recently went door to door in the neighborhood, educating the residents about the importance of working smoke detectors and installing alarms in most of the homes.

Firefighters all over the country consistently say that having working smoke detectors is the best thing people can do to keep themselves and their families safe when it comes to house fires.

The cause of the fire is under investigation.