Fatal Fire Prompts Smoke Detector Donation Drive

culver-town-hallSmoke detectors will soon be handed out to residents of  Culver and the surrounding community. Culver-Union Township Fire Chief Terry Wakefield told the town council last night his department is collecting smoke detectors to give out. Their action was prompted by a recent fatal house fire in which the home’s lone occupant died of smoke inhalation because the home lacked a smoke detector.

The effort is in the early planning stages. Wakefield says the department already has 160 detectors and is trying to collect as many as possible. He says the law requires all homes to be equipped with properly working smoke detectors. The Lions Club and the Fraternal Order of Police have joined in the effort with the fire department to collect and donate money if needed to purchase more detectors.