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Volunteers from Meals on Wheels helped an elderly resident in southwest Minot exit her home safely Tuesday as her residence and garage suffered smoke and fire damage.
After arriving at the residence at 2000 1st Ave. SW for a meal delivery, the volunteers realized the home’s smoke detector was going off and smoke was coming from the attached garage. The volunteers helped the home’s resident safely evacuate and called 911 at 11:46 a.m. A neighbor also saw the smoke and entered the home to make sure the resident was evacuated.
When Minot Fire Department crews arrived on scene, they quickly extinguished a small fire in the garage. Crews also searched the home to make sure no one else was in the residence, and began clearing smoke from the structure. The door from the garage to the home was open, and the home suffered smoke damage. The garage suffered smoke and fire damage.
No injuries were reported. The cause of the fire remains under investigation.
“The volunteers did everything right today,” said Battalion Chief Jason Babinchak. “They quickly recognized the danger of the situation, helped the homeowner exit safely and alerted the Minot Fire Department through 911. They’re the heroes today.”
Babinchak said the incident is also a good reminder to check smoke detectors for proper operation, and to keep combustible materials away from heat sources.
Meals on Wheels is run by the Minot Commission on Aging. The program uses volunteers to deliver meals to residents ages 60 and over. Anyone interested in volunteering can call 852-0561 or find more information at www.minotcoa.org.