Newspaper article The Observer (Gladstone, Australia)

11 Fire Deaths Examined; Slacks Creek Blaze Coroner Says Homes Need Smoke Alarms in Bedrooms

Newspaper article The Observer (Gladstone, Australia)

11 Fire Deaths Examined; Slacks Creek Blaze Coroner Says Homes Need Smoke Alarms in Bedrooms

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Byline: Emma McBryde APN Newsdesk

THE deaths of 11 people at Slacks Creek in Australia's worst house fire will hopefully not be in vain.

If the Queensland Government heeds Coroner James McDougall's recommendations following the 2011 blaze, homeowners statewide will be affected.

In his findings handed down yesterday, he proposed changing smoke alarm legislation to ensure all bedrooms had smoke alarms installed.

He noted the Slacks Creek house's two alarms were not working when it went up in flames just before midnight on August 23.

Mr McDougall suggested some or possibly all of the victims could have survived if the alarms were working.

"Although the adults most likely knew the purpose of smoke alarms, they were not necessarily aware how critically important they could be, particularly when people are asleep," he said.

Three adults, four teens and four children died from smoke inhalation after the fire started in the downstairs office. …

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