“The recent fatality in Antioch on June 29 underscores the need for our citizens to have working smoke alarms,” District Fire Prevention Specialist Scot 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, including Antioch, could be eligible for a free smoke alarm, including installation. 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 925-941-3300.