Recent fire shows need for smoke detectors

FLINT TWP. — Shortly after 11 pm on Monday, October 10 Flint Township firefighters responded to reported fire at a condominium in the 2000 block of Walden Court.

On arrival, firefighters found a working kitchen fire with heavy smoke conditions, according to Assistant Fire Chief Mike Burkley.

Firefighters and police evacuated other adjoining condos. The fire was brought under control in about 30 minutes. Burkley said. The two-bedroom condo sustained fire damage the kitchen and dining room and heavy smoke damage throughout. Smoke and water damaged three other attached condos.

Six residents were displaced and were aided by the American Red Cross to find overnight housing. No one was injured in the fire.

No smoke alarms were noted alarming by firefighters while working the fire, Burkley said. “It is very important to have a working smoke alarm in every home,” Burkley said. He noted that free Smoke alarms are available through the Red Cross or The Flint Township Fire Department by calling 810-732-4413. October is National Fire Prevention Month.

“Don’t Wait – Check the Date! is part of an ongoing effort to remind residents to replace smoke alarms every 10 years.

According to the National Fire Protection Association, the public has many misconceptions about smoke alarms, which may increase risks in the event of a home fire. For example, only a small percentage of people know how old their smoke alarms are or how often they need to be replaced. To determine the age of a smoke alarm, look at the date of manufacture on the back of the alarm. Replace it 10 years from the date listed.

More information about smoke alarm safety can be found on the township website at or its Facebook page at

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