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American Red Cross and U.S. Navy volunteers are teaming up to make sure residents have smoke detectors and that they’re working properly.
The volunteers were installing free smoke alarms at homes in the Gaston Point community this morning. The smoke detector check was especially important after last week’s fire where a man and his two-year-old son escaped from their burning home. The man and his son woke up to the smoke detectors going off.
Volunteers tell News 25 the two might not have made it out alive if they didn’t hear the alarms. Navy Volunteer Gary Groves said, “It was in the area where we’re actually working in. It should hit close to home for a lot of these people. They were woken up by the smoke detectors and they were able to get out of their home safely. That alone should be enough and they’re free as well, we are installing these no charge to the person.”
The Navy volunteers participated as part of the Coast’s Navy Week.
Gaston Point residents who were not home and missed the installation can call 601-582-8152.

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