Breaking: Early morning fire in Monroe destroys home and displaces family of 3

City of Monroe Fire Department responded to a structure fire at 514 Landers Street just before 5 a.m. the morning of Monday, July 16, 2018. Fire Investigator Shannon Patterson reports that arriving firefighters found heavy smoke and flames coming from the front of the single-story home and quickly attacked the fire from the back of the home. This fire has resulted in the family of three living in the home losing all of their belongings. The Red Cross is currently helping the family.

Fire in Monroe on July 16, 2018, displaces family of three. Contributed photo

Patterson reports that the smoke alarms alerted one of the residents to the fire giving him time to evacuate the rest of the family from the house and call 911.

“Without the operation of that smoke detector, there would have been a high risk for the loss of life” said Captain Jack Armstrong with MFD.  “Be sure to check your smoke alarms and ensure they are functioning. There should be a working smoke alarm outside each sleeping area and at least one on each level. In addition, all residents should have a fire escape plan including closing all doors to limit the spread of smoke and heat.”

No injuries were reported as a result of the fire. Investigators believe the cause of the fire was from cooking.

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