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Holts Summit firefighter: Smoke detector likely saved resident's life

Holts Summit Fire Protection District responded to a house fire early Saturday morning. (File)

Holts Summit Fire Protection District responded to a house fire early Saturday morning.

Units responded to the 1000 block of County Road 4036 around 4:30 a.m. to a home with fire and smoke.

Firefighters battled the fire to contain it to one corner of the home.

Public Information Officer Scott Pasley said the firefighters' strategy saved most of the home but it was the smoke detector that likely saved the homeowner's life.

Pasley said only one resident was at the home during the fire. He said the fire was below, on the same level as and above the resident's bedroom.

"The homeowner was awoken by the smoke detector, immediately evacuated the home and called 911," Pasley said in a news release.

He said without the smoke detector, he wasn't sure if the homeowner would have evacuated in time.

Eighteen firefighters responded to the scene. New Bloomfield Fire Department, Callaway County Sheriff's Department and Callaway Ambulance also assisted in the incident.

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