Smoke detectors are being credited for the safe evacuation of a Keizer family when their back porch caught fire last weekend.
A Keizer couple was awakened by their smoke alarm Saturday, March 24, in their upstairs bedroom and found a fire on their back porch. As the fire burned from the porch, to the roof and attic, it set off the smoke alarms. Both occupants quickly exited the home with their two dogs and summoned 9-1-1 from outside the home.
Keizer Fire District crews were dispatched at 6:56 a.m. to 847 Dearborn Avenue N.E. in Keizer and arrived on the scene in three minutes. Keizer Police provided fire scene traffic-control safety, while firefighters worked to douse the flames, salvage the damage, and then determine the cause.
The fire was contained to the area of origin which was an enclosed back porch being used as a greenhouse area for gardening. The cause was determined to be electrical and stemmed from heating devices, used to keep plants from freezing.
Keizer Fire officials remind residents to have working smoke alarms in every sleeping area and exit route in their home.