January 13, 2005
Reno- Grady County Volunteer Fire Department Chief Wayne Hadden says the blaze was started by a four-year-old boy playing with matches. He lit a comforter while his Mother and five-month-old sibling were sleeping.
The mother tried unsuccessfully to put out the fire before asking for help. Fortunately, everyone escaped unhurt. But Hadden says several critical lessons should be learned from this fire. "One is children and matches don't match. And don't waste time calling the fire department. Critical time was lost getting us to respond."
Hadden says his firefighters responded to the call in about two-minutes. But the house was completely destroyed.
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