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Smoke alarm saves Joiner camphouse

The Democrat Reporter of Linden, Alabama

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At 4:20 pm South Marengo, Putnam, and Sweet Water were paged to Riverview Lane in Nanafalia to Max and Linda Joiner's camp house.

"The fire was pretty much out when we got there," stated Joey Stephens of South Marengo.

The owner, Max Joiner, had the fire already knocked down and contained when the fire departments arrived. According to Joiner. "We were outside with the grandkids and I heard to alarm go off. We were building on to the house, so I had bought a chemical extinguisher. I grabbed that and basically tried to smother the fire until the squad got here."

Joiner then went on to say, "For those people who do not believe that smoke detectors save...they should come and talk to me."

Tonya Stephens of South Marengo commented, "They are very lucky, in rural areas, it can be hard to fight the fire".

The closest water hydrant was almost 1/4 mile away and South Marengo was worried about having to haul Water. They had Putnam and Sweet Water assist them just in case it came to that.

The owners were extremely thankful to all the firefighters that showed up that day. There were over 30 volunteers that came to lend a hand.

Linda Joiner said "1 know that they don't have to be here. It doesn't matter who you are when someone needs help they come."

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Original Publication Date: January 20, 2011

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