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I took this photo a few days ago and it's not of my usual pretty trees or fluffy stuff. I am putting it up today to try and raise as much awareness as I possibly can, because this fire was very personal to me.

It was my next door neighbours doll, what was left of the home she once had. An elderly disabled lady was trapped inside her blazing flat and if it wasn't for her smoke alarm, I would never have known there was a problem. Fortunately, I did hear it and saved her life, literally, by kicking the door down and dragging her out.

I am not putting this up to get recognition or praise, I have had that from her family. I just want people to realise that if you haven't got smoke alarms in your home, people like myself, may not be able to help.

Lastly, this was the result of candles, not unattended, but knocked over. Please if you know of folks who really shouldn't have these in their home, make them get rid of them. There are pretty battery operated ones now that are just as atmospheric.

I hope it will invoke a sense of what happens in the aftermath of losing your home to fire, and possibly your life for the sake of an inexpensive gadget.

I don't know if this will work, but if you have an Facebook account, and care to raise awareness, then please do share this link We put up lovely quotes and pretty pictures, but the really important stuff gets left out, awareness.

Be safe peeps Smile

Brand:Canon
Camera:Canon EOS 400D
Recording media:RAW (digital)
Date Taken:25 Jan 2013 - 12:12 PM
Focal Length:46mm
Aperture:f/5.6
Shutter Speed:1/60sec
Exposure Comp:0.0
ISO:400
Exposure Mode:Portrait
Metering Mode:Multi-segment
Flash:Auto, Fired
White Balance:As Shot
Title:Smoke Alarms Saves Lives
Username:Leilani Leilani
Uploaded:27 Jan 2013 - 11:24 AM
Tags:Fire damage, Life situations, Photo journalism, Portraits / people
Votes:14

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mrswoolybill
mrswoolybill Critique Team 7394 forum postsmrswoolybill vcard United Kingdom967 Constructive Critique Points
27 Jan 2013 - 11:28 AM

Powerful, personal PJ. The image and your story speak for themselves, I just hope that I would be able to cope in such a situation.
Moira

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barbarahirst
barbarahirst e2 Member 6barbarahirst vcard United Kingdom10 Constructive Critique Points
27 Jan 2013 - 11:30 AM

thankyou for putting this up ....

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WhiteRose1
WhiteRose1 e2 Member 41028 forum postsWhiteRose1 vcard England133 Constructive Critique Points
27 Jan 2013 - 11:45 AM

Frightening, evocative and a powerful reminder, Loren.

Dave

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widtink
widtink  2406 forum posts Scotland2 Constructive Critique Points
27 Jan 2013 - 12:43 PM

Pretty graphic illustration of a nightmare situation , well done you for being a great neighbour Smile

Rod

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27 Jan 2013 - 12:50 PM

Hard hitting and personal..

Regards Nathan GrinGrinGrin

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netta1234
netta1234 e2 Member 2153 forum postsnetta1234 vcard Wales1 Constructive Critique Points
27 Jan 2013 - 4:42 PM

Your a good Neighbour,verry frightening image
Netta

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DixClix
DixClix e2 Member 5DixClix vcard United Kingdom2 Constructive Critique Points
27 Jan 2013 - 5:39 PM

Frightening story and scary image but it just proves that you can't be too careful!
Thank you for this salutary image and message; glad that you are such a caring neighbour!

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JackAllTog e2 Member 53531 forum postsJackAllTog vcard United Kingdom58 Constructive Critique Points
27 Jan 2013 - 6:29 PM

Perfect idea to use the image as a warning to other, wonderful that it had a happy ending with a life saved. Thank you for sharing.
Test your smoke alarms on the first weekend of each month!

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27 Jan 2013 - 11:46 PM

A very powerful and dramatic image.
Great that you are using this to spread awareness.
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