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Smoke detector helps save Gaston residents in fire

KINGS MOUNTAIN Authorities say a working smoke detector helped alert residents Thursday night when fire broke out at their house in southwest Gaston County.

The fire was reported shortly before 11:30 p.m. at a residence in the 2400 block of Sparrow Springs Road. That is south of Crowder’s Mountain.

Fire officials say crews arrived to find a blaze in one bedroom. A crew of 15 from the Crowder’s Mountain Fire & Rescue Squad and the Union Road Volunteer Fire Department needed only five minutes to subdue the blaze.

Investigators are working to determine a cause of the fire. They say the smoke detector helped residents escape the house safely.

“A working smoke detector is the first defense for occupants in case of house fires,” said Chris Stowe, of Crowder’s Mountain Fire & Rescue.

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