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Deadly House Fires Prompt New Fire Department Initiative

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Nashville Fire Headquarters/ Hermitage Ave. July 24, 2008 Nashville Fire Headquarters/ Hermitage Ave. July 24, 2008
Jkoby Burroughs was badly burned in a house fire July 11. He died Sunday, July 13, 2008. Jkoby Burroughs was badly burned in a house fire July 11. He died Sunday, July 13, 2008.
Angel Bennett died in the house fire on Louisiana Avenue fire Thursday morning, July 24, 2008. Angel Bennett died in the house fire on Louisiana Avenue fire Thursday morning, July 24, 2008.

NASHVILLE, Tenn.-  The Nashville Fire Department launched a new initiative Thursday  aimed at keeping families safe. The initiative comes after the second deadly house fire in Nashville in just two weeks.

Fire investigators said in both the Louisiana Avenue fire Thursday morning, and the fire last week that left a 9-month -old baby dead, the homes did not have working smoke detectors.

"When they were rescued this morning, they were just inside the front door, and it is possible given extra time and notification they may have made it all the way outside, "said Kim Lawson with the Nashville Fire Department.

The Fire Department has 1,500 smoke detectors to give away. They are also spending $50,000 to get another round of smoke detectors just to be sure they have one to give to anyone who needs it in Davidson County.

Anyone in Davidson County who needs a smoke detector should call 615-862-5282.

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