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Fire safety fair held in Three Oaks

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It has been over two weeks since the fire in Three Oaks, Michigan that killed four people February 6th. On Saturday afternoon a Fire Safety Fait was held by American Red Cross volunteers from Berrien County. The event was held at the River Valley School District. There were six stations set up all with materials to help teach fire safety and prevention. Some of those stations included making emergency kits, designing an escape plan and insulating windows.  

 "In a close knit community like Three Oaks many people may have been affected from the fire," American Red Cross Volunteer Andi Ncube said.  

Melody Schrader was one of the Three Oaks residents in attendance. The fatal fire hit close to home for her. She is the cousin of Kyle Tyler who was one of the victims. "Orville, Leota and Anna were members of the community as well so not only did we lose a family member we lost four good friends," Schrader said. 

The fire has opened the eyes of many Three Oaks' residents since the incident. "Unfortunately since the tragedy that happened in Three Oaks our phone has been ringing off the hook for smoke detectors," Three Oaks Fire Chief David Flick said. 

The point of the event is to educate and Red Cross volunteer Ncube says that is the message she hopes people left with." We hope that they'll be able to identify potential fire hazards within their homes," Ncube said.  "We hope that they can share the information so that we can save many lives."  

Schrader is on board with the concept and says fire prevention is important to her family. "Anything that we can do to support and continue fire prevention and make sure everyone has smoke detectors or fire extinguishers in their house is good for the community." 

The Three Oaks Fire Department holds a fire safety event of their own in May. Fire Chief David Flick says the American Red Cross is invited to join them then as well.

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