“The recent fatality in Antioch on June 29 underscores the need for our citizens to have working smoke alarms,” District Fire Prevention Specialist Scott Badler wrote in a press release Monday. “Studies show one-third do not. This gentleman who perished on John Gildi Avenue did not have one. It might have saved his life.” Brian Torres, 52, died in his bed in the 8:20 a.m. blaze a week ago, officials said.
Homeowners living within the CCFPD could be eligible for a free smoke alarm, including installation. The district includes the communities of Antioch, Bay Point, Bethel Island, Brentwood, Byron, Clayton, Clyde, Concord, Discovery Bay, El Sobrante, Knightsen, Lafayette, Martinez, Oakley, Pacheco, Pinole (County Area), Pittsburg, Pleasant Hill, Port Chicago, Richmond (North), San Pablo and Walnut Creek.
Recipients must be 60 or older or have a physical disability, and must have no working fire alarm or one that is 10 years old or older. For more information, call 925-941-3327.