COPY-Alarms silent at Jonesboro retirement home fire

Associated Press - October 23, 2008 1:14 PM ET

JONESBORO, Ark. (AP) - Fire investigators say the fire alarm did not work at a residential care facility where one person died in a blaze on Tuesday.

The victim was identified as 61-year-old Roberta Aldridge. Jonesboro Fire Chief Leonard Jadrich says Aldridge died of smoke inhalation and was found lying in her bed.

Firefighters say a worker smelled smoke, pulled a fire alarm that did not sound and then yelled for the 25 residents to exit the burning structure.

The worker helped all but three residents escape the burning building before assistance arrived.

Authorities say the source of the fire is still under investigation. Chief Jadrich says the probe was focused on the attic, and that arson is not suspected.

Information from: The Jonesboro Sun,

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