Officials encourage fire safety after deaths

Published: Feb. 9, 2015 at 10:43 PM EST|Updated: Feb. 9, 2015 at 10:49 PM EST
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The number of fire deaths in Georgia in the first six weeks of the year has officials reminding everyone to make sure they have working smoke detectors and an evacuation plan.

16 people have died in house fires in Georgia since January 1st.

20 year-old Brittany Michaud escaped a burning home in Worth County on New Year's Eve. She left food on the stove and accidentally fell asleep, she got out by breaking through the window.

There were no working smoke detectors in the home. "I don't know, I just woke up. I don't know if it was the smoke. I don't know if I was just waking up, I don't know if it was God, but I just woke up," said Michaud.

We'll hear more from Michaud and show you the challenges of escaping a fire. Make sure to watch Thursday, February 12th at 6 pm for our special report: Getting Out Alive.

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