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OS family escapes burning home, credits smoke detectors

The family was able to escape after the smoke detector alerted them of the fire. (Photo source: WLOX News) The family was able to escape after the smoke detector alerted them of the fire. (Photo source: WLOX News)

A devastating fire in Ocean Springs could have turned deadly for a mom and her two daughters. Instead, the family escaped the early morning blaze and credits a loud alarm for saving their lives.

Ocean Spring's fire chief says as smoke filled the home on Lori Drive, Christina Brown was awakened by the piercing scream of smoke detectors. Brown grabbed her two girls and the family escaped without any injuries.

Nothing was spared as flames swept through a three-bedroom home on Lori Drive.

"They're very shaken. Luckily, the smoke detectors did their jobs, did what they were supposed to do. They went off and alerted the mother and she got herself and her kids out of the house in time," said Ocean Springs Fire Chief Jeff Ponson.

Neighbors were asleep around 2:30 a.m. when smoke started filling up the Brown's home.

"I was asleep and a man came over and started banging on my door. I first thought it was the police. It was so loud, and he shouted, 'Get out! Get out,'" said neighbor Lisa Lam.

Lam rushed outside and watched in shock as the fire reduced her neighbor's house into charred rubble.

"I was standing here and I could see the flames shooting up. I was afraid to get any closer. Then I thought to myself, 'Is the family trapped inside?' They have two daughters," said Lam.

Ponson says two years ago, his department partnered with the state Fire Marshal's Office to install smoke alarms in homes that didn't have them. On Friday, Ponson will meet with the Red Cross to discuss plans to reinstate the program.

"The smoke detectors, they're doing their jobs. They will get you up and out of your house," said Ponson.

Lam says everyone can learn from the terrifying ordeal.

"They were very lucky, that's so sad. There's nothing like losing your house in a fire," Lam said.

It took firefighters more than an hour to put out the blaze. As for the investigation, officials are focusing on the garage area because it had the most damage. 

The family dog is still missing. 

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