Doorbell Saves Four From Neb. House Fire

The Associated Press
NORFOLK, Neb.
It's supposed to announce visitors, but the doorbell of a two-story house announced something else on Friday morning - that the home was on fire.

A fire was beginning to spread from the outside to the inside near the front door early Friday morning, said John Reding, Norfolk Fire and Rescue shift commander. As the fire moved past the front door, Reding said, the blaze shorted the doorbell's wires, which caused the bell to ring a fire alert to the four occupants of the house in this town about 90 miles northwest of Omaha.

The four men left the house and put out the fire with water from the outside, he said.

The home did have smoke detectors, but there were no batteries in them, Reding said.

There were no injuries and damage was contained to the front of the house. There was moderate smoke damage throughout. Damage was estimated at $2,500.

The cause of the fire remains under investigation, but it could have been caused by a discarded cigarette near the front of the house, said Terry Zweibel, Norfolk Fire Marshal.

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Information from: Norfolk Daily News,