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A Small Town Gets Help To Extinguish A Big Problem

Fire officials in Montgomery County have a plan to help prevent house fires in a neighborhood recently devastated by a tragedy.

Tamina is a small community outside of The Woodlands.

It suffered a loss when three children were killed in a house fire.

Firefighters and emergency responders were upset by the incident they felt compelled to help the town.

Kevin Hosler is the Fire Chief at Needham.

“We want to stop this,” Needham says. “We want to get ahead of this, and try to ensure that we’re providing the best level of protection we can to the citizens of Montgomery County while they are residing in their own homes.”

The plan is to distribute smoke detectors to the community, and educate people on how to use them.

Veronda McGowen grew up in Tamina, and she works at a barbeque place right down the street from where the fire happened.

She says smoke detectors are a start, but don’t solve the issue entirely.

“I don’t think it’s enough,” McGowen says. “I think they need fire hydrants here. You know I think, if you’re going to do one, don’t do one without the other because even if you have smoke detectors to detect the smoke or fire and get out, you’re still going to lose everything because you don’t have a fire hydrant to put the fire out.”

But that’s a funding issue – something the firefighters don’t have control over.

For now, throughout the next couple of weeks they plan to go door-to-door and equip the community with what they can.

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