Firefighters, volunteers canvas neighborhood to promote safety following fatal fire

KANSAS CITY, Mo. - Twelve days after a man died in a house fire, Kansas City firefighters and Red Cross volunteers will return to the home and canvas the neighborhood with hopes of preventing future tragedies.

The fatal fire happened Jan. 7 near St. John and Lawndale avenues.

Fire Marshal Floyd Peoples said there were two smoke detectors inside the home, but they did not have any batteries.

Thursday morning, first responders will be back the neighborhood going door-to-door in a 3-block radius hanging up door hangers and sharing information about fire escapes and smoke alarms.

Peoples said crews will organize a neighborhood canvas following every fatal fire because it's a time when people close-by will have a higher likelihood to make a permanent behavioral change.

"Firefighters live in these communities a third of their life, Peoples said. "Whether they are in the neighborhood and own a residence there, or they're just coming there to work, they live a third of their life there, so they're deeply committed to the neighborhood."

The fire department offers smoke detectors and will even come and install them.

Visit http://www.kcmo.org/Fire for more information on how to sign up.

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