Hendricks County Flyer, Avon, IN

Local News

April 29, 2013

Smoke alarms credited for saving lives in Plainfield fire

PLAINFIELD — The fire caused estimated damages in excess of $100,000 and sent one firefighter to the hospital with a minor injury.

Plainfield, Avon, Decatur, and Wayne Township fire departments collaborated on the fire, which took nearly an hour to contain.

Plainfield Fire Marshal Ken Foster said department collaboration and working smoke alarms were keys in preventing the situation from being even worse.

“In this case, the smoke alarm was in a place to detect smoke where there were no occupants,” he said. “They were in a back room. Had it not alerted, the fire could have easily broken in. (All the departments) worked very well together.

“One of the reasons each department got there so quickly is we have a combined joint dispatch center and our radio systems are corrected so we’re all notified at the same time so we can respond quickly rather than one responding and requesting another and then requesting another.”

Foster said the firefighter who sustained a minor injury was taken to Hendricks Regional Health in Danville and was later released.

He said that there were eight apartments involved in the fire and several others that were affected by smoke and water damage.

Witnesses at the scene described seeing the roof collapse.

The Plainfield Police Department and the Hendricks County Sheriff’s Department assisted in evacuating occupants.

Foster said this case goes to show how important smoke alarms can be, and urged citizens to make sure their own alarms are in optimal condition.

“Push the test button at least every three months and change the battery annually,” he advised.

He also said that many local departments give out smoke alarms to those who cannot afford them. Plainfield has nearly exhausted its supply but is hoping to get more.

He said people wanting to help the displaced apartment residents should contact the local Red Cross to see what their needs might be. The Red Cross may be reached online at www.redcross.org/in/indianapolis  or by calling 684-1441.

The cause of the fire had not been determined as of press time.

 

1
Text Only
Local News
  • Author featured in documentary Mike McCarty, CEO of Safe Hiring Solutions here, was featured in the final episode of the Investigative Channel Documentary series "Very Bad Men," which aired yesterday. The final episode focuses on McCarty's book Choking in Fear, which is a memoir o

    April 16, 2014

  • Indiana Academic Standards released The Indiana Department of Education (DOE) and Center for Education and Career Innovation (CECI) recently released the final draft of proposed academic standards for math and English/language arts that will guide Hoosier teachers as they create lesson

    April 16, 2014

  • Free skin cancer screenings offered The Dermatology Center of Indiana is offering free skin cancer screenings from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. April 22 and from 7:30 a.m. to noon May 10 and 17 at the new Zionsville location, 6639 Whitestown Parkway. For more information, call 732-8980 or visit t

    April 16, 2014

  • HCF 4-16 news broady death pix Man arrested for OWI resulting in wife's death AVON — A Cicero man has been arrested in connection with an accident that killed his wife over the weekend. Brandon Broady, 26, was charged with operating a vehicle while intoxicated resulting in death. As of press time on Tuesday, the Avon Police De

    April 16, 2014 1 Photo

  • NASA's 'Destination Station' set to land in Indianapolis Starting April 19, residents of Indianapolis and surrounding areas are invited to experience NASA's Destination Station, a traveling multimedia exhibition designed to highlight how the International Space Station (ISS) came to be, what life is like o

    April 16, 2014

  • Danville Rotary Club presents golf outing The Danville Rotary Club will host the Harold Martin Open golf outing on May 15 at Twin Bridges Golf Club in Danville. The annual outing raises funds that are used to benefit Sycamore Services. The outing begins at 11 a.m. with lunch provided by Mayb

    April 16, 2014

  • Downtown Danville Partnership launches beautification effort Homeowners and businesses in Danville are invited to participate in a new beautification effort started here before the upcoming Mayberry in the Midwest festival on May 17-18. The Downtown Danville Partnership has formed a Main Street Beautification

    April 16, 2014

  • School board implements honors diploma DANVILLE -- The school board here agreed to implement a DHS Honors Diploma starting with the freshman class of 2018, next year. "We found, over time, that there is an unintended consequence when you have weighted grades, and that consequence is if a

    April 16, 2014

  • HCF 4-16 news musical pic 1 New musical coming to DCHS DANVILLE -- Danville Community High School will be putting on its annual musical the first weekend in May in the high school auditorium. "Thoroughly Modern Millie," based on the 1967 movie starring Julie Andrews and Mary Tyler Moore, will be performe

    April 16, 2014 3 Photos

  • HCF 4-16 news danville police pic 1 Danville Police officers recognized DANVILLE -- Police officers here were recognized last week by Town Council President Marcia Lynch, for their hard work in handling a difficult situation. The accomplishments of the officers were presented to the board by Chief Bill Wright. Support S

    April 16, 2014 1 Photo

House Ads
Hendricks County Marquee
Email News Sign Up
Facebook
Twitter Updates
Follow us on twitter
Poll

New poll question: Will you be attending this year’s Indianapolis 500?

Yes
No
Undecded
     View Results
AP Video
Raw: Royal Couple Visits Australia Mountains Raw: Pro-Russian Militants Killed on Base Captain of Sunken South Korean Ferry Apologizes Boston Bombing Survivors One Year Later Sister of Slain MIT Officer Reflects on Bombing Raw: Blast at Tennessee Ammunition Plant Kills 1 Hoax Bomb Raises Anxiety in Boston Egypt Clamps Down on Mosques to Control Message After Fukushima, Japan Eyes Solar Power New York Auto Show Highlights Latest in Car Tech Ex-California City Leader Gets 12 Year Sentence Disbanding Muslim Surveillance Draws Praise Hundreds Missing After South Korean Ferry Sinks Passengers Abuzz After Plane Hits Swarm of Bees Town, Victims Remember Texas Blast At Boston Marathon, a Chance to Finally Finish Are School Dress Codes Too Strict?
Hyperlocal Search
Premier Guide
Find a business

Walking Fingers
Maps, Menus, Store hours, Coupons, and more...
Premier Guide
Must Read