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Homeowner Offers Thanks Following House Fire

#GiveWhatFireTakes graphic is courtesy of the American Red Cross. Used with permission.

By Susan Larson

Jennifer Owens is grateful for all the help her family received, following a fire in their Spotsylvania home on April 9, 2015.

Cooking Fire Displaces Family of Five

In the comment section of the original story (link above), she wrote:

“I’m the homeowner and I just want to clarify a few things. The oil did not ignite from splashing on the stove, the pot was too hot and combusted into flames right in my bare hands. Also I did not (not) accept help from Red Cross. In fact I’m graciously appreciative of the the help they did give us. We have been given the up most compassion from the community here in spotsy co. Thanks to everyone we have been blessed. Our home may be inhabitable, but we have each other, safe and sound! Thanks! I know it might come off as rude but please it is totally opposite, I just want the people that help us know that we didn’t say that and are greatful!”

We are grateful everyone in your family is safe, Jennifer. Thank you for updating us.

The American Red Cross this year launched a social media campaign to support home fire survivors across the country. It’s called #GiveWhatFireTakes, and is connected with their Home Fire Campaign.

Their goal is to reduce deaths and injuries caused by home fires by 25 percent in five years. “The Red Cross is asking every household in America to join us in taking two simple steps that can save lives: checking or installing smoke alarms and practicing fire drills at home.”

In fact, the Spotsylvania County Department of Fire, Rescue and Emergency Management credited the family’s smoke detectors with helping the family escape in time. “The department would like to remind everyone that having working smoke detectors and fire extinguishers in your home can save lives and limit damage,” said Deputy Chief Joseph Sposa said. “If you have questions about smoke detectors, how to use fire extinguishers, or fire safety in your home, please call the Spotsylvania Department of Fire, Rescue, and Emergency Management at 540- 507-7900.”

For more information, see:

Home Fire Safety Checklist

Home Fire Escape Plan

Mapping Out Your Escape Plan – Single Family Home

Mapping Out Your Escape Plan – Multi-Family Home

Mapping Out Your Escape Plan – High-Rise Apartment Complex

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