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Chimney fire at Sylvania Twp home; No smoke detectors found

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SYLVANIA, Ohio -

With temperatures dropping and more and more people looking to keep their homes warm this week, here's an example out of Sylvania about how careful you need to be.

A family in Sylvania today woke up to a crackling noise Monday that turned out to be a fire traveling up to the second floor of their home.  Investigators on scene say the home had no smoke detectors inside.

That fire happened in the 4600 block of Sheringham Lane.  Firefighters got the call just after 3:00am.  The home owners told fire fighters that there was a fire in the fire place that was extinguished at around 10:00pm. Investigators are looking at that the chimney as the root of today's fire.

Everyone got out safely despite the lack of smoke detectors which officials say are essential especially if you're going to turn on a heather or furnace for the first time in a long time.

"In today's world I can't believe anybody would not have smoke detectors.  We give them away for free from our department.  I'm sure all the other fire departments do the same thing.  They were very lucky to get out uninjured with an instance of something like this," said Sylvania Township fire chief Jeffrey Kowalski 

To be proactive about smoke detectors the chief tells 13abc that Sylvania Township fire fighters will be back out in that neighborhood this weekend to check smoke detectors, help people with replacement batteries, and even give them a free smoke detector if they need it.

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