Pratt Fire Department reminds residents of free smoke detector program

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PRATT, Kan. (KAKE) -

Pratt resident Andrea Arnett knows all too well the importance of a working smoke detector.

"My best friend Destry lost her twins in a fire,” Arnett said.

Jayce and Jasper Ibarra were just babies when they were killed in a 2013 house fire.

Investigators said there wasn't a working smoke detector inside.

Two weeks ago, another Pratt family lost everything when their house went up in flames. Four kids and their mother all died after being trapped in the basement of this home.

The Pratt Fire Department is reminding residents to make sure they have working smoke detectors.

It's all part of a program called “Alarms from Angels.”

“In some situations, people are not in a situation where they can afford their own and so through the state, they provide us with a certain amount of smoke detectors that if that family meets some certain criteria, we can supply the smoke detectors for them,” Captain Dan Decker said.

Arnett herself took advantage of the program.

"I was shocked when neither one of them were working, the two that I had. I mean you see them on the wall and think that they're okay."

Since the beginning of the program four years ago, firefighters have given away nearly 200 smoke detectors.

Arnett said it may be the answer to saving lives in the future.

“Oh, it’s amazing. I’ve seen them do so many things in this community that we could not ask. The fact that they’re volunteer, it’s just amazing what they do. They have a heart of gold,” Arnett said.

Pratt Fire Department said even if you don’t meet the criteria to get a free smoke detector, they will find a way to help you get one

If you’d like to learn more about the Alarms from Angels program you can contact Pratt Fire at 629-672-4600.

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