WICHITA, Kan. -- The family and friends of Clifford Davis will be the first to tell you why smoke alarms are so important to saving lives.
"Had there been one in (the house), it's likely this could have been a different story," his friend Jimmy Robinson said.
Davis, the 41-year-old who worked at Harry Street Carpet, died in a duplex fire on W. Zimmerly last Saturday. Fire officers have said it appears there were no working smoke alarms inside the rental home.
Following the fire, many KAKE viewers asked what the law is when it comes to smoke alarms.
At rental properties, making sure smoke alarms are present and working is the responsibility of both the landlord and the renter, fire officers said.
For landlords, Wichita city ordinance makes it a requirement that the homeowner provide working smoke alarms when a tenant moves in.
After that, the ball shifts into the tenant's court.
"It's the responsibility of the tenant to test them and perform the maintenance that needs to be done," said Clarence Moore, a fire education officer for the Wichita Fire Department.
Tenants should check the manufacture date which is normally found on the back of a smoke alarm. The alarm should be no more than 10 years old. If there is no date on it at all, it's probably an indication the smoke alarm is too old and needs to be replaced, Moore said.
Every month, the tenant should also be using the smoke alarm's test button to make sure it's working properly.
"When they push that button, the smoke alarm should go into full alert," Moore said.
If at any point the tenant finds the alarm isn't working, they should put that in writing in a letter to the landlord. The landlord then has seven days to replace the smoke alarm.
If he or she fails to replace it, they can be fined by the city.
Investigators say they are still looking into the W. Zimmerly fire to see if smoke alarms were installed when the renters moved in or what concerns the renters may have had before the fire. While it appeared there were no working smoke alarms, they still can't confirm whether there were smoke alarms present at all because the fire is still under investigation, Captain Stuart Bevis said.
Davis' family and friends say their focus now is on making sure nobody else goes through this kind of loss.
Davis' sister, Tylee, says the family has set up a memorial fund in his honor. All the proceeds will go to the Wichita Fire Department to help provide and install smoke alarms for those who need them.
Donations can be made at any Emprise Bank location by asking for the Clifford Davis Memorial Fund.
"My brother would have loved that," Tylee said. "We just want to help."