SHAKER HEIGHTS, Ohio - Three months after a deadly fire swept through a Shake Heights home, 5 On Your Side Investigators have uncovered new information about the cause and origin of the blaze.
According to the Shaker Heights fire report just released to On Your Side Consumer Advocate Jenn Strathman, the three-story home on Daleford Road had at least three smoke detectors. "One smoke detector was heard by occupants of the house; whether others were working is unknown."
Jance Reynolds and Mary Paige died in the blaze. Rescue teams found Reynolds on the floor under a second floor bedroom window. Paige, who was disabled, was found dead in her second floor bedroom.
Investigators said both died from smoke inhalation. Click here to read the report: http://5.wews.com/igT4X
Five other people inside the home jumped to safety and suffered treatable injuries at a local hospital. Two firefighters also received treatment for injuries they sustained while fighting the fire.
While fire investigators couldn't determine what started the blaze, they do know flames ignited in a space between the kitchen and the living room. The report concluded by saying the fire does not appear to be suspicious in nature and is being ruled accidental.
Reynolds, Paige and others moved into the home in early November. The survivors told fire investigators they never checked to see if the smoke detectors in the house actually worked.
One of the smoke detectors recovered in the fire's aftermath was an ionization smoke detector. And according to a recent On Your Side Consumer Investigation into smoke detectors, "Ionization alarms detect fast-flaming fires quicker and photoelectric detectors sense smoldering fires faster." "In a simulation of a smoldering fire, the photoelectric alarms sounded nine minutes faster than the ionization alarms. In government tests, the average time difference was 30 minutes."
If you missed Jenn Strathman's smoke detector investigation and test, click here: http://5.wews.com/igOYb