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Firefighters install smoke detectors in Springfield neighborhood

Eugene Springfield Fire went to around 80 homes at the Springfield Mobile Home Park, checking smoke detectors and installing new ones.

Posted: May 19, 2018 6:41 PM
Updated: May 19, 2018 6:56 PM

EUGENE, Ore. -- Firefighters went door to door Saturday morning, to make sure a neighborhood that's had fires in the past has working smoke detectors.

A crew with Eugene Springfield Fire went to around 80 homes at the Springfield Mobile Home Park off of Main Street, checking smoke detectors and installing new ones.

Battalion Chief Lance Lighty said they put in about 50 on Saturday. He said working smoke detectors are important for all homes, especially older ones.

"These are older homes, so they tend to burn faster, quicker...so early notification is very important. You're four times more likely to get out of a fire, with a detector than not," said Batt. Chief Lighty. 

He said there was a fire in the park about three weeks ago and one resident said he's seen 8 fires in the last 15 years there.

Saturday's installation is all part of a smoke detector campaign, sponsored by the Oregon State Fire Marshall and the Red Cross.

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