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From the Office of the Fire Chief

divp classp1span classs1spanstrongbr typemozstrongpp classp1strongspan classs1Press Releasespanstrongpp classp1strongspan classs1spanspan classs1The Runnemede Fire Department responded to a dwelling fire on the unit block of South Read Avenue in the early morning hours 1242015. Upon arrival firefighters encountered a single family dwelling with a heavy smoke and fire condition. The fire department extinguished the fire and placed it under control in 40 minutes. There was considerable damage to the home. There were no civilian or firefighter injuries. The fire is under investigation by the Camden County Fire Investigation Unit and the Runnemede Fire Marshals Office.spanstrongpp classp1strongspan classs1spanspan classs1The occupant of the home was alerted by the family dog. The homeowner was confronted by the smoke then exited the home and called 9-1-1. The Runnemede Fire Department would like to remind everyone of the importance of working smoke detectors. According to the latest NFPA research working smoke alarms cut the chance of dying in a fire in half. Meanwhile almost two-thirds of home fire deaths resulted from fires in homes with no smoke alarms or no working smoke alarms.spanstrongpp classp1strongspan classs1spanspan classs1For years now the Runnemede Fire Department has been conducting its Smoke Alarm Program. Whereas fire department personnel will come out to your home to assess your fire safety needs and install 10yr Lithium Battery Smoke Alarms free of charge or replace 9volt batteries in hard-wired smoke detector systems.spanstrongpp classp1strongspan classs1spanspan classs1We would like to remind everyone tospanstrongpul classul1li classli1strongspan classs1Install smoke alarms in every bedroom outside each separate sleeping area and on every level of the home including the basement.spanstronglili classli1strongspan classs1Test alarms at least monthly by pushing the test button.spanstronglili classli1strongspan classs1Replace all smoke alarms when they are 10 years old or sooner if they dont respond properly.spanstronglili classli1strongspan classs1Make sure everyone in the home knows the sound of the smoke alarm and understands what to do when they hear it.spanstrongliulpstrongspan classs1spanspan classs1spanspan classs1spanspan classs1spanspan classs1To find out more about our Community Outreach Fire Safety Programs and activities or to request a smoke alarm please contact Runnemede Deputy Fire Chief Alfred Loverdi at 856-939-2817 and visit our website at www.runnemedefire.org for fire safety information.spanstrongpdivp stylemargin 0.5em 0px font-family Arial Helvetica sans-serif text-align justify color rgb17 48 64 background-color rgb224 224 224p