MFD goes on a “smoke detector blitz” in north Memphis after deadly fire

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MEMPHIS, Tenn. ( – Memphis firefighters went door-to-door Tuesday to make sure neighbors know the importance of having a working smoke detector.

Tuesday’s smoke detector blitz in north Memphis comes a day after a deadly house fire on Alameda Avenue. The fire was so damaging, investigators say they can’t tell if there was a working smoke alarm in the home.

Officials say the fire is tragic reminder about the importance of smoke detectors.

“I know you may be asleep, you may be otherwise engaged, involved in something else, but to hear that smoke detector going off is a sound like something you’ve never heard before. And it’s probably a sound you’ll never forget when it goes off when you really need it,” said MFD Division Chief Markus Smith.

If you don’t have a smoke alarm, you can apply for a free one. Contact the Fire Museum of Memphis.

From the Memphis Fire Department:

The Memphis Fire Department urges all citizens to maintain a working smoke alarm in their place of residence.  Check smoke alarms once a month and change the battery when you change your clocks.  City of Memphis residents may apply for a free smoke alarm by calling the Fire Museum of Memphis at (901) 636-5650 or apply on-line at:

Always have a plan of escape in case there is a fire.  Also remember that 9-1-1 is for emergencies only.  For NON-EMERGENCY FIRE & EMS issues dial (901) 458-8281.

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