Springfield Fire Department

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Two major fires in Springfield apartment buildings this week have firefighters urging residents to be more aware of fire prevention methods.

The first fire happened on Sunday morning at Madison Tower.

“There are a lot of lessons to be learned from these two fires.”

That’s Cara Erwin, fire and life safety educator for the Springfield Fire Department. She says on Sunday, combustibles too close to the stove caught fire after a resident’s stove was unintentionally turned on.

Kathryn Eutsler/KSMU

The Springfield Fire Department is offering free home safety inspections to identify potential fire risks for homeowners. KSMU's Kathryn Eutsler attended an inspection and spoke with firefighters about the importance of these precautions.

Eighty percent of Springfield’s fatal fires happen in residences, according to the fire department, which hopes to reduce this percentage with home safety inspections.

Scott Harvey / KSMU

The Springfield Fire Department will ensure you have working smoke alarms and your fire extinguisher is properly in place, among other safety precautions, as part of its home safety survey campaign.

It’s asking citizens to sign up for the free safety survey so it can check for common fire hazards. The goal is to survey 200 Springfield homes this year.  


An ordinance being proposed by the Springfield Fire Department would affect owners and landlords of all one or two family rental properties.

The department wants to require them to install smoke alarms on every level, in every bedroom and outside each sleeping area.  Landlords and property owners would also be required to install a new battery in all alarms at least once a year.

Rainbow Network

Future homes in Nicaragua will come in part from the help of four Springfield firefighters who are heading to the Central American country.

As part of the Rainbow Network, a Springfield-based non-profit, Captain Jeff Prior, Rescue Specialist Matt Lyon, Firefighter Daniel Speights and Firefighter Matt Fields will leave January 11th for the underdeveloped nation.