Woodridge home destroyed in fire

An eighty-three year old Woodridge man is alive today thanks to a smoke detector after an early morning fire destroyed his home.

On March 3 at around 1:30 in the morning, the Sprague Fire Department responded to a fire at the two story home of 83 year old Ed Chatel.

Sister in law Mavis Chatel says that the elderly bachelor was awakened in the middle of the night by the smoke detector and managed to escape with only the clothes on his back.

“He is okay but he lost everything,” says Chatel. “He got out when the smoke detector went off and he came out with just a t-shirt, socks and his pants.”

Mavis, who lives across the street says that cause of the fire is unknown.

“When a guy brought him here – we live across the street – the house was totally engulfed – there is no doubt about it, he would not have made it out without the smoke detector,” Mavis stresses.


The two storey home of Ed Chatel still smoulders after an early morning fire levelled the structure.


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