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87-year-old woman safely makes it out of her burning home

FEMA fire prevention and safety awareness

FEMA Regional Administrator, Andrew Velasquez and Fire Commissioner for the city of Chicago, Jose Santiago discuss fire prevention and safety.
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FEMA Regional Administrator, Andrew Velasquez and Fire Commissioner for the city of Chicago, Jose Santiago discuss fire prevention and safety.

An 87-year-old East St. Louis woman was not injured when a fire broke out in her garage and spread to her home.

The woman had been trying to do something with her car in the garage at the time of the fire, Assistant Fire Chief George McClellan said.

The East St. Louis Fire Department was dispatched to 1944 Central Ave. at 3:30 p.m. Monday. When firefighters arrived, they saw the blaze coming from a garage attached to a wood-frame home.

There was extreme damage to 50 percent of the single-family, one-story house. The home had working smoke detectors , McClellan said.

He said the fire “appears to have started in the garage and spread to the house.” The cause of the fire was not available.

It’s the second fire in the region in two days in which an older homeowner was able to escape unharmed.

Carolyn P. Smith has worked for the Belleville News-Democrat for 18 years and currently covers breaking news in the Metro-East. She graduated from the Journalism School at the University of Missouri at Columbia and says news is in her DNA.


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