According to Bibb County Coroner Leon Jones, three people have died in house fires this month. The Macon Bibb Fire Department told our Yvonne Thomas that they want people to get smoke alarms, and they're installing them for free. “We're trying to stress the importance of having a smoke alarm and a fire escape plan in their home,” said Fire Prevention Director Chief Brenda Thomas.
Thomas said there have been six house fire fatalities in Macon-Bibb this year. “In February, we lost two sisters at Peach Orchards on Carmen Place,” said Thomas. “Then we lost a gentleman on Long Acre, then another two over on Woodridge.”
And on Monday morning, there was another death. 68-year-old Ruby Davis died in a house fire on Lilly Ave. Her brother, 70-year-old Robert Dudley tried to save her, and was transported to The Medical Center Navicent Health. “I just woke up and saw lots of police sirens and everything,” said resident Justin Scott. “Everyone was going berserk.”
Captain Reginald Hill with the Macon Bibb County Fire Department said investigators aren't sure what started the fire, and officials say they're not sure if this family had a fire plan. “This is in the early stages of the investigation, so I'm not sure if there was a smoke detector in the house or not,” said Bibb County Coroner Leon Jones.
Thomas said the fire department is doing all they can to stop this from happening to other families.
Last weekend, they installed 100 smoke alarms in homes for free. “That's what we're here for. Maybe people don't understand, but that's what we're here for,” said Thomas.
If you need a smoke alarm in your home, or if you need help making a fire safety plan, call the Macon Bibb Fire Department at 478-751-9180.