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The fight for better fire alarms

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BURLINGTON, Vt. - For several years, Vermont has led the fight for better smoke detectors. Now, firefighters from the Green Mountains are working with first responders around the world to promote photoelectric smoke detectors.

Just before Christmas 2005, a Barre mother and four children died in a fire. Kimberly Stoltz-Foster, 30, Tory Stoltz, 12, Brett Stoltz, 9, Christa Foster, 8, and Mikayla Foster, 6, were killed. Only the father was able to escape out a window. The fire smoldered for hours, but the family's ionization smoke detector was not going off when crews arrived.

After the deadly blaze, Barre firefighters led the charge to promote photoelectric smoke alarms, resulting in a Vermont law passed in 2008 requiring them in new homes.

Capt. Matt Cetin was on the scene that terrible morning in Barre. Adrian Butler is with the World Fire Safety Foundation. He works from Australia to promote photoelectric alarms internationally. Cetin and Butler appeared on The :30 to tell us about their efforts. Watch the video for more.

Click here for more on the World Fire Safety Foundation.

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