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Rockford Fire Department news

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Rockford firefighters attempted to make one neighborhood feel a little safer as they went door to door to install smoke alarms and conduct home safety surveys.

The Rockford Fire Department undertook the initiative in the neighborhood of Winnebago and Maple Streets, in response to a deadly fire last week that claimed the life of a 1-year-old child.

The Rockford Fire Department routinely does similar visits to neighborhoods throughout the city in the aftermath of significant fires.

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Elgin Fire Department news

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Four brothers and sisters escaped a house fire on Dec. 20 in the 300 block of Division Street. They were treated for burns, smoke inhalation, and frostbite. Afterward, their mother said the children told her the smoke detectors in their apartment did not go off.

Authorities said the landlord of the building had installed smoke detectors in the home, but they were not properly maintained.

Two days later, firefighters returned to the neighborhood to check whether other nearby homes had working smoke detectors. Crews found, of the 45 families they spoke to, 75 percent had either a non-functional smoke detector or no smoke detector at all. Firefighters installed 30 smoke detectors and provided 14 sets of batteries. In some cases, they installed multiple smoke detectors or provided batteries for multiple units.

“We are shocked to find that number of smoke detectors not working, yes,” Elgin Fire Department Battalion Chief Terry Bruce said. “I think people just get complacent, just like this family here. We know that they had working smoke detectors at one time.”

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