On Friday, July 19 at approximately 10:10 p.m. the Centerville Police Department received a 911 call of a house fire at 649 N. Park Ave. in Centerville, according to a press release issued by the Centerville Fire Department Monday.
The Centerville Fire Department and Mercy Ambulance were immediately dispatched to the address and upon arrival reported heavy smoke and flames coming from the residence. It was determined that all occupants were out of the house and fire crews initiated an aggressive interior attack on the fire.
Mystic Fire Department was requested for mutual aid and within 40 minutes of receiving the call firefighters were able to bring the fire under control.
An investigation into the cause of the fire was initiated and an occupant of the home told fire officials that he had fallen asleep while smoking in bed and that the smoke alarm in the hallway alerted him of the fire. The smoke alarm that activated had recently been installed by the Centerville Fire Department at the request of the homeowner and fire officials believe the activation of this smoke detector saved the occupants from serious injury or death.
The is the third time in recent months that a smoke alarm installed free of charge by members of the fire department has alerted the occupants of a fire.
The home, which was owned by James and Jeff Waller, sustained approximately $15,000 damage. No injuries were reported.
The Centerville Fire Department was assisted at the scene by the Mystic Fire Department, Mercy Ambulance Service, the Appanoose County Sheriffs Department, the Centerville Police Department and Alliant Energy.