Smoke alarm saves Plant City family from overnight fire

A smoke alarm alerted a family of five to a fire ripping through their Plant City home early Thursday morning.
 
Hillsborough County Fire Rescue responded around 1:30 a.m. to 2628 Wallace Branch Rd. to find heavy smoke and flames coming from the structure. 
 
Because of a lack of hydrants in the area, water shuttle operations were established, but the home is a total loss. There were no injuries to civilians or personnel. 
 
The HCFR Fire Investigator determined that the fire was accidental in nature. 
 
The American Red Cross was initiated to help with the family's displacement.
 
The family was alerted of the fire by functioning smoke alarms. The largest percentage of fire deaths in the home occurs at night while people are asleep. 
 
Hillsborough County Fire and Rescue wants to remind you that a working smoke alarm can provide an early warning that can make the difference between life and death. 
 
According to studies published by the National Fire Protection Association, having a smoke alarm cuts your risk of dying in a fire by nearly half. 
 
If you do not have smoke alarms in your home and can not afford them, please call HCFR at 813-272-6600 and ask about the SAFE program.
 
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