NY Daily News – November 03, 2015
by Erin Durkin
After a house fire in Midwood, Brooklyn, killed seven children, Mayor de Blasio launched a program to give out 100,000 free smoke detectors to New Yorkers.
“It was a horrific loss,” de Blasio said as he announced the largest in the nation program, dubbed #GetAlarmedNYC, at a Midwood firehouse.
He noted that 70% of fire deaths are in homes with no working smoke alarm. At the home where the seven kids died in March, a smoke detector was found in the basement, but none on the first floor where the fire started or the second floor where the family was sleeping.
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