London fire officials are crediting smoke alarms with saving the lives of a family of seven whose east end home was damaged in an early Sunday fire.
No one was hurt in the blaze, which broke out about 2 a.m. at a home on Dundas Street, east of Veteran Memorial Parkway.
“Everybody in the house was out upon our arrival,” platoon Chief Kirk Loveland said Sunday.
“If they didn’t have smoke detectors, this would’ve been a terrible outcome.”
The fire, believed to have originated in the house’s basement, left an estimated $400,000 in damages.
The extent of the damage inside the house also meant the family was displaced from the home.
“When the crews arrived, they had a working fire and the fire was already venting out of the basement and the upper floor windows,” Loveland said.
“There’s too much structural damage and they had to find other accommodations.”
The cause of the fire remains under investigation but it’s not suspicious in nature, Loveland said.
The design of the home and a furnace inside it contributed to fire spreading quickly through the different levels of the house, Loveland added.
He said Sunday’s fire underscored the importance of having working smoke detectors at home.
“The early warning detection devices, by them going off and alerting the occupants in there, it allowed them to safely evacuate the home, especially when conditions were turning so badly so quickly,” he said.