A Dubuque family of 7 is safe and unharmed....thanks to being alerted by their home's smoke detectors.


The family sleeping on the second floor of their residence on Almond street woke up to the sound of smoke detectors just before 2 am this morning (Dec 21).  All seven family members were able to escape unharmed.  Their dog and three cats were later rescued by firefighters

Dubuque Fire Chief Amy Scheller said:

“The fire started on the first floor and all the occupants were all sleeping on the second floor at the time of the fire and, without functioning smoke detectors, this incident could have had a very tragic ending,”  “I encourage all residents to have smoke detectors on every floor of their home and to test them regularly and replace batteries if needed. Also, most smoke detectors must be replaced after 10 years.”


Although firefighters were able to have water on the fire by 1:58 a.m. and the bulk of the fire was extinguished by 2:05 a.m., damages to the home are estimated at over $150,000.  The cause of the fire is unknown at this time but is believed to have started in the kitchen.

The Dubuque Fire Department is reminding residents of the importance of having functional smoke detectors in homes following the safe escape of a family from their burning home last night.

Dubuque residents can request free smoke detectors and installation by Dubuque Fire staff by calling 563-589-4195.  Residents from outside of Dubuque call 563-564-4566 or visit the American Red Cross website.

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