Ashland Fire Department Shows How Fast Fires Spread

  • 10/10/2018 9:17:59 PM
  • Jesse Smith
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ASHLAND, OH - The Ashland Fire Department invited members of the public to City Parking Lot B on Wednesday night for a live demonstration on how quickly fires can spread.

Using a custom-made demonstration cell, fire department officials lit the false home's curtains on fire, letting the flames spread to the nearby bed and recliner before moving onto the walls of the unit. The demonstration used only materials most commonly found in homes, such as furniture and decorations. No accelerants were used to help ignite the demonstration room's contents.

"What we're trying to show is the speed at which a normal room will ignite and burn," said Captain Mark Miller of the Ashland Fire Department. "In the last three years, Ashland alone has installed over 3,000 smoke detectors, about 2 1/2 per home in Ashland."

The department has partnered with the Red Cross to help provide more affordable smoke detectors across the county. At the end of the demonstration, firefighters put out the flames, which had grown immensely since the start of the blaze. The demonstration was an invaluable tool to show the public the benefits of smoke detectors, but also to call 911 as soon as possible.

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