Mother and son escape early morning fireA Cloquet mother and son escaped an early morning fire last Friday without harm thanks in part to the smoke alarm.
By: Jana Peterson, Pine Journal
A Cloquet mother and son escaped an early morning fire last Friday without harm thanks in part to the smoke alarm. According to a Cloquet Area Fire District press release, the mother woke up when the smoke alarm sounded at approximately 3:22 a.m. to find the residence filling with smoke and a fire inside one bedroom. She quickly woke her son who was asleep in the bedroom next to the fire and exited the home.
“The simple reality is smoke alarms save lives,” CAFD Chief Kevin Schroeder said. “It is the cheapest, most effective insurance you have.”
Schroeder called the family’s response to the fire “textbook.”
“The smoke alarm woke her up; she collected her child; she left the structure and then called 911,” he said. “That’s exactly how we teach it in school.”
When fire crews arrived at the home on the 1800 block of Doddridge Avenue in Cloquet, they found heavy smoke and flames visible from one side of the structure. Firefighters entered the home and found one bedroom fully “involved” and venting out the window.
Captain Chad Vermeersch said crews knocked down the fire quickly. However, because the fire had spread from the bedroom to the attic, crews had to pull some of the ceiling down. Damage was severe in the area of origin with smoke damage moderate throughout. Vermeersch estimated the damage at close to $40,000.
The cause of the fire is still under investigation, he said.