Firefighters focus smoke alarm initiative on Davenport neighborhood

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DAVENPORT, Iowa (KWQC) - The Davenport Fire Department is kicking-off a new initiative Thursday, installing smoke alarms in the Five Seasons neighborhood.

Davenport started its smoke alarm program six years ago. But crews are focusing on the Five Seasons neighborhood after a mobile home fire killed an entire family back on December 21, 2017.

"When a family in our community is affected, in whatever way that may be, the community does feel it," says Angie Moss, Yes Communities Regional Manager.

She says the tragedy affected the community.

Kelsey Clain, 23, and her four children ages 5, 4, 2 and 9 months died in the fire. Firefighters said there were no smoke alarms inside the home at the time.

"I think it's just important to reflect on what's happened," says Lt. Zach Soliz of Davenport Fire Department. "Reflect on what's available and learn from it."

Since November 1st, there have been over sixty reported fires in the Quad Cities area.

Davenport Fire Department says at least half of those have occurred in Davenport which is why the department wants to educate residents with fire safety tips.

"We want you to be prepared right away in case there is a fire," says Soliz.

The Five Seasons community is trying to now be proactive.

"It's just unfortunate that a tragedy is what triggers it," says Moss.

After such loss, trying to save lives is the main goal.

Davenport Fire Department in a partnership with the Red Cross will install smoke detectors on Saturday morning at Five Seasons Trailer Park.