A Columbus woman said Monday evening that she is thankful for the smoke alarm she believes saved her family”s lives Sunday morning when a fire ripped through their home at 219 20th St. N.
Alisa Robinson said she, her husband, Calvin Robinson, and their three children — Calvin III, 16, Jasmine, 15, and Erica, 14 — were sleeping in the front part of the house when they were awakened by the smoke alarm, along with a popping noise and the smell of smoke. The fire, which damaged the bedroom, appeared to have started on the bed, she said.
Columbus Fire Department Capt. Brett Thompson, of Station 1, said the cause of the fire is still under investigation.
“Everything that was in the bedroom was completely destroyed, but the only thing me and my husband are lacking is clothes and shoes,” Robinson said. “It”s a good thing we had our smoke alarm. If it hadn”t been for that, we probably wouldn”t have gotten out.”
The Robinsons had been renting the house for about six years but did not have renters” insurance. They are currently staying with relatives.
Carmen K. Sisson is the former news editor at The Dispatch.