Orrington (ME) firefighters are heeding the lessons of a fire that killed a man and his three children last November.
Benjamin Johnson III, his daughter and two sons died in a house fire on November 10, 2010. There were no working smoke detectors in the home, according to a report from WABI TV5 (http://bit.ly/1cRnuAy). Officials said it was the deadliest fire in Maine in nearly 20 years.
About a week after the fire, the department hosted a free family fire safety class. They also started giving away free smoke and carbon monoxide detectors, and fire safety is being incorporated into curriculum at the local school.
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