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The Times
  • Smoke alarm credited with saving man’s life

  • A fire official said a smoke alarm saved a man’s life after fire broke out at his residence early Thursday morning.

    East Herkimer Fire Chief Ben Keller said the sole occupant of 506 McKennan Rd. woke up out of a “sound sleep” at around 4:10 a.m. because of the sound coming from his smoke alarm.

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  • A fire official said a smoke alarm saved a man’s life after fire broke out at his residence early Thursday morning.
    East Herkimer Fire Chief Ben Keller said the sole occupant of 506 McKennan Rd. woke up out of a “sound sleep” at around 4:10 a.m. because of the sound coming from his smoke alarm.
    The homeowner was then able to call for emergency responders.
    “We want to remind people that working smoke alarms do save lives,” said Keller during a telephone interview on Thursday. “People need to take time to check their smoke alarms.”
    Also saved from the fire, said Keller, was the owner’s pet cat.
    Keller said the fire was fully-involved when firefighters arrived at the scene.
    “We made entry into the home, and then we pulled our firefighters back, and then did what is called an exterior attack to fight the large volume of the fire,” he said.
    Keller said once the fire lessened in intensity, firefighters were able to re-enter the home to extinguish the rest of the blaze. He said the fire was under control in about 30 minutes.
    Firefighters were able to clear the scene by 9:30 a.m.
    An unidentified male at the residence late Thursday morning said he was the only occupant at the home at the time, but declined to comment for an interview.
    Keller said he did not know whether the home was a total loss, but did say there was “significant damage.” “There was heavy damage to the rear of the building. There was smoke and water damage throughout the entire building,” he said.
    Debris surrounded the back part of the house, which visibly sustained the most damage from the outside. House insulation, roof shingles and pieces of board were among the items that could be found on the ground.
    The frame of the back porch had been completely blackened from the fire. Damage spread to the front exterior of the house, which was blackened by the fire.
    Keller said the fire is still under investigation.
    The only injury reported was to a firefighter for minor burns.
    Assisting at the scene were the Frankfort, Mohawk and Schuyler fire departments.
    Keller said the Herkimer Fire Department assisted by filling up water tankers in the village.
    Also assisting was the American Red Cross of the Mohawk Valley.
    The East Herkimer Fire Department had a busy night, as they assisted the Little Falls Fire Department who fought a blaze at the Little Falls Municipal Golf Course on Wednesday. The shed was considered a total loss and 24 golf carts were destroyed.

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