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Archived News Release from 2004

For Immediate Release

Redwood City Home Fire Prompts Reminder for Residents to Install and Check Smoke Detectors

Redwood City, CA - March 19 , 2004 - An early-evening fire yesterday in Redwood City seriously injured an adult male in his home on Hudson Street. The life threatening injuries sustained by this senior citizen may have been prevented if he had a working smoke detector in his home.

At approximately 9:40 p.m. Thursday (March 18th), Redwood City and Menlo Park firefighters responded to a reported structure fire in a home on Hudson Street in Redwood City. Upon arrival, they found smoke billowing from the house and a fire burning inside.

A neighbor reported that an occupant might be trapped inside the residence. Firefighters forced entry through the locked front door and quickly subdued the flames and started a search for the occupant. Soon after that, firefighters rescued and removed the victim, who was unconscious and in serious condition, from the kitchen, and Fire Department paramedics immediately started advanced life support. The victim was transported to Stanford Medical Center. The fire is under investigation, but it appears to be accidental.

Because the home had no smoke detectors the occupant had no early warning and was unable to exit the house on his own. Unfortunately, many if not most of these situations turn out to be fatal, but in this case quick actions by firefighters gave this victim a fighting chance. It is important to remember that injury and death due to a fire can often be avoided by ensuring a working smoke detector is in the home.

More information on the use of smoke detectors in the home, and other fire-safety tips, can be found online at www.redwoodcity.org/fire, and at www.usfa.fema.gov/public/hfs/alarms.shtm

The Redwood City Fire Department has five fire stations housing five engines and one truck, and currently has over 70 staff members including firefighters, firefighter/paramedics, captains and battalion chiefs, fire prevention staff, training staff, and administrative staff.

Visit Redwood City’s website at www.redwoodcity.org for information about the City and its services, the community, recreation programs, education, City government, and local business.

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Contact:
On-Duty Battalion Chief or
Gerry Kohlmann, Chief
(650) 780-7400

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