The Free Press, Mankato, MN

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December 9, 2012

Fire department response time a key issue to neighborhood



As a fire victim, Hood said it is a good thing that the Fire Department responded in time to keep the fire from spreading into the attic of the house. The day after the fire LeBrun said that could have happened within minutes and, if it did, the fire could have spread quickly through the house. Firefighters actually had to return the evening after the fire because it re-ignited in the attic, Hood said.

If the fire had started a few minutes later and if the fire had spread to the attic, Hood said firefighters could have been pulling two bodies out of her apartment. She realizes those are two big ifs in a firefighter’s world, where every second matters. But those are the ifs you think about when your feet are freezing, your house is burning, and everyone is waiting for help to arrive.

As it was, she and Colton were in her living room finishing dinner when neighbors started pounding on her windows to let her know the front of the house was on fire. So she grabbed her son and headed for a window, the only way out because the front door was burning. Without the warning, she would have been putting the dinner dishes in the sink and bringing her son into the bathroom for their nightly shower.

“We wouldn’t have heard a thing in the shower,” she said. “I hate to think about what could have happened.”

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