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Fire Demonstration Shows How Fast Flames Spread
HUBER HEIGHTS -- The first line of defense against a fire is a smoke detector.
They're often your earliest and only warning to a fire, but what you have in your home is also a huge factor.
Huber Heights firefighters shared a video with ABC 22/FOX 45 showing two average looking rooms that any one of us would recognize.
A lamp, couch, and coffee table.
So what's the difference?
The one on the left has furniture made the way it was 40 years ago, cotton fabric and real wood.
The one on the right is full of modern furniture, made from petroleum-based products.
"It's only a couple molecules away from gasoline," said Jason Eckert, Fire Marshal for Huber Heights Fire Department.
What does that mean?
Watch carefully, and keep an eye on the time at the bottom of your screen.
"Used to be you would say every minute fire would double in size," said Eckert. "We really don't have a good number for it now but it's drastically reduced."
So drastically reduced, that the room on the right is fully engulfed in 3-minutes and 40-seconds.
Flash forward and the room on the left takes 29-minutes and 25-seconds.
"Sometimes you have under 30 seconds to get out of the house before your egress corridor, your hallway, is completely consumed in smoke and you're trapped," said Eckert.
"I was cooking some beef and all of a sudden flames just shot up," said a homeowner who wants to remain anonymous.
In November, her home nearly caught on fire.
"The flames were touching the microwave that was above the stove," she said. "I mean it was an instant, I mean I had seconds to react or it would have spread quickly."
In the midst of the chaos, her smoke alarm went off, alerting her son, who grabbed the phone, ran out of the house and called 9-1-1.
She credits her quick reaction to the early warning from the smoke detector, and has advice for others.
"Make sure you change those batteries, and don't be afraid to call, I mean we did not have fire but they told us we did the right thing, better be safe than sorry," she said.
Most of your local fire departments give out free smoke detectors.
They give them out on a need base and will often install them for you as well.
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