Woman from Aurora says Red Cross, KY3 saved her home in fire

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AURORA, Mo. (KY3) - KY3's annual Safe and Sound Saturday event helps thousands of families every year in the Ozarks. Now we know the event truly saves lives.

A woman from Aurora could have lost everything this week but fortunately got a Safe and Sound smoke detector.

"They offered that fire alarm and I thought, 'Might as well sign up for it,'" said Effie Collins.

The fire started in her sewing room. Flames then bellowed to the kitchen. Thanks to working smoke detectors all is not lost.

"To me, that's all God's plan. He knew three months ago that this was going to happen," said Collins.

Collins got free smoke detectors from the American Red Cross at Safe and Sound Saturday last spring.

"It's really fulfilling. You get to see it come to fruition. What we are doing and how it's affecting people's lives," said Jenny Solomon of the Red Cross.

This likely was an electrical fire.

Red Cross volunteers are making sure Collins has whatever she needs while she picks up the pieces.

"I know what they are going through and it's a hard time, but it's also wonderful to know that we've helped and we potential saved lives in this location," said Solomon.

Within the last year, the Red Cross, along with local fire departments, have installed more than 1,300 smoke detectors.

If you want to sign up for some of those smoke detectors, call (417) 862-5496 and give your name, address, county and phone number.