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Volunteers canvass Arlington to install smoke alarms

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Dozens of volunteers went door-to-door to install working smoke alarms in Arlington.

It's the same community impacted by a deadly house fire 6 months ago.

Investigators say they'll probably never know exactly what caused the fire that killed 5 people in January, but space heaters might be to blame.

Firefighters say things might have ended differently if the home had working smoke detectors.

Now, volunteers with the American Red Cross and first responders in Arlington and Fayette County want to make sure a similar tragedy doesn't happen again.

"We're just making sure that the community is safe," said Pami Erickson, a volunteer with the American Red Cross.

Erickson spent much of Saturday going door-to-door ensuring every home had a working smoke detector.

"It's just so important. It's sad when there is a tragedy because of a non-working smoke alarm," she said.

Leland Smith, a volunteer with the Arlington Fire Department, said there's no reason why a house shouldn't have a working smoke detector.

"We feel that these save lives," he said.

Firefighters say smoke detectors older than 10 years should be replaced.

Volunteers with the American Red Cross and Arlington Fire Department encourage people, regardless of where they live, to contact their local fire department if they need help installing a new smoke alarm.

They say those extra few minutes from a warning during a house fire can be life-saving.

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