Jill Bronaugh
Communication Manager
Office of the State Fire Marshal
800 SW Jackson, Suite 104
Topeka, KS 66612-1216
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"Get Alarmed Kansas" Program Saves Life in Great Bend

OSFM | Nov 15, 2017
On Nov.13, 2017, the Great Bend Fire Department responded to a working structure fire at 2111 Hubbard Street. Upon arrival, “B” shift found a home fully involved with flames showing from the front door and several windows. The condition inside the structure was non-survivable and intensified due to multiple tanks of liquid oxygen stored inside.

The fire crews were met at the curb by the owner of the property Robert Allen who reported to them that he was awakened by the smoke detector beeping that they installed.

Allen was sleeping in his chair in the living room when he woke to the smoke alarm activating. The room was full of smoke, and he fell out of his chair to the floor. He was able to make it outside and alert his neighbors who called 911.  Allen, who utilizes a wheel chair and is on oxygen, stated “he tried to go back inside to retrieve his three dogs, but the flames and heat were too intense.”

We later discovered that the smoke alarm he was referring to was one installed by “B” shift on Sept. 12 through the Get Alarmed Kansas smoke alarm program offered by the Kansas Office of the State Fire Marshal. It is the Great Bend Fire Chief, Luke McCormick's opinion that if it weren't for the smoke alarm, the outcome of this fire would have been very different.

"Thank You for providing us with the resources to assist our citizens in Great Bend with this life saving device," McCormick said.

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