The Regina fire department believes a house fire that happened earlier this week in the city’s north end — which hospitalized five people with smoke inhalation — could have been a tragedy, if it weren’t for a working smoke alarm.
Fire marshal Randy Ryba said the blaze on Salemka Crescent spread very quickly throughout the house with two of the home’s five occupants having to escape from bedroom window because they were unable to get out the front or back door.
Ryba believes working smoke alarms save lives.
“I’ve done 110 fatality investigations in my life out of thousands of fire investigations — 80 per cent of those fatalities could have been people who survived, if they would have had a working smoke alarm in their home,” explained Ryba.
He said this case is a stark reminder as to why smoke alarms need to be tested every month, and their batteries replaced at least once a year.
While the exact cause of Wednesday’s fire has not been determined, investigators have deemed the blaze accidental in nature.