In news from stuff.co.nz out of New Zealand, a recent blaze that had firefighters battling flames late into the night nearly claimed lives instead of just property. 

According to the story, a man staying a vacation property/campsite called Old MacDonald’s Farm was awakened by the “popping” sound of the fire consuming the cottage he was in.

“He had smoke alarms, but no batteries in them. It was only the sound of popping from the fire that woke him up. With the fire blocking his escape route, the man was forced to take an “alternative route” out of the building,” The story reads. “‘He was very lucky to get out with his life,'” A local fire official said.

The story notes the blaze was sizeable and necessitated a large, coordinated response from first responders.

“Thirteen volunteer fire crews attended an early morning fire at Old Macdonald’s Farm Holiday Park in Marahau on Saturday,” A fire official said in the story. “Volunteer firefighters from all around the region attended the fire, and crews used six pumping appliances and five tankers to subdue the blaze.”

This man was very lucky. The highly-trained pros at Norris Inc. beg you to put at least smoke detectors in place and regularly test and replace the batteries.

This fire, while a huge loss for the commercial property could have been much worse with the loss of life.

Contact a Systems Integrator at Norris today and find out how we can help to keep you, your customers, your staff, faculty, students and/or visitors safer.

What is Norris all about?

Norris, Inc.—a South Portland, Maine-based life-safety and security systems integrator with satellite offices in Bangor, Maine; Lee, New Hampshire; and Burlington, Vermont—was founded nearly 40 years ago by two brothers, Brad and Harty Norris. The brothers remain on the board of directors today and continue to help steer the enterprise toward its goal of advancing life-safety, security, and communications while striving to grow in its status as Northern New England’s leading systems integrator. Norris provides fully integrated life-safety and security solutions, comprising disparate systems including fire alarm, intrusion detection, access control, video surveillance, communications, and emergency notification and total systems integration via the Vigilance Systems Integration Engine and ENS. Want to become part of the Norris family? We’re hiring! Norris in early 2020 was acquired by national security company Minuteman Security Technologies. Minuteman is a privately-held, leading provider of enterprise security system technology solutions, including custom design, installation, development, and support services. Minuteman offers a diverse range of advanced security management systems, including video surveillance, access control systems, emergency communications, intrusion detection systems, and public safety security solutions, for a broad range of enterprise clients. Minuteman has Regional Office and Field Support locations across the US.