MUSCLE SHOALS , AL (WAFF) - Fire investigators say it appears that working smoke alarms could have saved the two lives that were lost in a deadly fire over the weekend.
When fire crews got to this house shortly before 1 a.m. Saturday morning it was engulfed in flames.
Fire investigators say it appears the fire broke out in the kitchen. The occupants, Anthony Burcham, and his grandmother, Glenna Carney, were found unconscious in their bedrooms.
By the time rescuers got them to the hospital it was too late. Muscle Shoals fire inspector Brian Stafford says it’s a possibility the smoke detectors were not working which could have saved their lives.
According to the latest National Fire Protection Agency research, working smoke alarms cut the chance of dying in a fire in half. Check your smoke alarms twice a year. Install smoke alarms in every sleeping room, hallway, and all levels of your home. Develop an escape plan marking two ways out of each room, including windows and doors.
If you don’t have smoke alarms contact your local fire department and they may be able to get at least one to you free of charge.