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Fire marshal: Smoke alarm in fatal fire might not have worked

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The State Fire Marshal Director said Tuesday investigators found a "plastic blob" which they believe to be a smoke detector from the deadly apartment fire in Independence early Friday morning. The State Fire Marshal Director said Tuesday investigators found a "plastic blob" which they believe to be a smoke detector from the deadly apartment fire in Independence early Friday morning.
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The State Fire Marshal Director said Tuesday investigators found a "plastic blob" which they believe to be a smoke detector from the deadly apartment fire in Independence early Friday morning.

State Fire Marshal Director Ray Reynolds said officials are still trying to figure out if the smoke detector from the fire that killed a 7-year-old was operational.

Reynolds said Iowa law requires a smoke detector on every level of a house, one in every bedroom and one in every adjacent hallway.

He recommends multiple smoke alarms to ensure the earliest possible warning of a fire, and said in many cases, one device is not enough.

The State Fire Marshal Office reports 86 percent of fire fatalities in Iowa over the past five years have correlated with not having adequate working smoke alarms.

"It's very rare that we find fatalities with smoke alarms," said Reynolds.

Reynolds said investigators are still trying to determine how the fire started.

Meanwhile, funeral services for the 7-year-old killed in the fire, Jaileigh Posey, are pending at Reiff Funeral Home in Independence.

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