Firefighters checking smoke detectors near home where boy died

CREATED Feb 18, 2013

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MILWAUKEE - Milwaukee city firefighters will be going door-to-door Monday to ensure residents near a home on 10th Street have working smoke detectors.

A seven-year-old boy died after a fire broke out in the home, located at 3431 South 10th Street on Sunday. Firefighters conducted searches on the first and second floor of the home when they arrived, and found Miguel Quintanilla. He was transported to the hospital but later died.

"Milwaukee firefighters will go door-to-door in the area surrounding the fire checking smoke detectors to make sure homes are protected," said Assistant Chief Michael Romas with Milwaukee Fire. "This is part of Project FOCUS (Firefighters Out Creating Urban Safety) where the Milwaukee Fire Department installs free smoke detectors and educates the public on fire safety."

The fire department asks that if you need a smoke detector, to call the Smoke detector Hotline to have one installed for free by the Milwaukee Fire Department at 414-286-8980.