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Albany man recovers from fire, 'could have been a catastrophe'

ALBANY, GA (WALB) -

An Albany man is recovering from smoke inhalation after escaping an early morning fire in his home.

The people who live in the home on University Drive credit their smoke detector with helping them escape.

Firefighters said it started around 8:15 a.m. when a stove caught fire sending smoke throughout the duplex. Two people sleeping inside woke up to the smoke detector and got out.

"[It was a] prime example today," said Albany Fire Dept. Deputy Chief Ron Rowe. "I had 2 occupants in a house. Had a fire. They themselves told us that the smoke detector woke them up. It could have been a catastrophe for them."

Officials said Roderick Almond, who suffers from asthma, was treated by paramedics at the scene.

Fire damage to the duplex was minor, but smoke damaged most of the home.

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