Red Cross Installing Free Smoke Alarms in Belvidere Homes


In response to a fatal fire in March, the American Red Cross and Belvidere Fire Department are installing free smoke alarms to residents on Saturday.

The March 10 fire at a Belvidere apartment complex killed Melissa Darling-Krachunas, 36, and left several dozens more without a home. The Red Cross, local ministries and Illinois Department of Human Services had come together immediately following the fire to assist the families impacted.

Now, volunteers are looking to assist the entire Belvidere community with the smoke alarm installation. It will begin at 9:00 a.m. at the Belvidere Fire Department. From there, volunteers will go door-to-door checking that homes have working smoke alarms, and if not, installing them free of charge.

“We are very saddened by the loss of lives from the March fire and for all community members who were effected,” said Lisa La Sala, Executive Director of the American Red Cross of Northwest Illinois. “Our goal is to provide as many families as possible with safety measures to help save lives.”

Seven people die every day from a home fire; over $7 billion in property damage occurs every year.

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