Jan 18, 2016
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A San Pablo mother and her two children ages 17 and 21 were saved by a smoke detector that alerted them to a fire at their three-bedroom home Sunday morning, a fire official said.

The fire was reported just before 6 a.m. in the 900 block of Road 20, Contra Costa Fire Protection Cap. Lisa Martinez said.

Firefighters extinguished the blaze by 6:33 a.m., Martinez said. The fire, which was confined to a bedroom, caused about $10,000 in damage and is under investigation.

Martinez stressed the importance of regularly testing smoke detectors in homes, since the device “saved this family’s life.”

Bay City News contributed to this report


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Mike Aldax is the editor of the Richmond Standard. He has 13 years of journalism experience, most recently as a reporter for the San Francisco Examiner. He previously held roles as reporter and editor at Bay City News, Napa Valley Register, Garden Island Newspaper in Kaua’i, and the Queens Courier in New York City.