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Woman whose Allston home burned down wants to thank the two people who broke in to wake her and other residents; says smoke alarms didn't go off

Tyler Finney reports, in the Allston/Brighton Community Discussion group on Facebook, that she and other residents of 65 Ashford St. in Allston were sound asleep early Saturday when the house caught fire. She says he is likely only alive because of two strangers who noticed the fire, broke into the house and woke everybody up - because her apartment's smoke detectors didn't go off:

My entire unit's alarms weren’t going off and we had no idea how close we were to death. If it weren’t for them we probably wouldn’t be alive. If you know them, please help us contact them. They saved our lives.

A friend has set up a GoFundMe page for Finney and a couple of other residents, who had to rush out so quickly they left their phones, IDs and pretty much everything else behind.

Another GoFundMe for residents of the house.

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Thanks!

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There are still a couple of lurking male pronouns, one in the headline.

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Good time to remind everyone that smoke detectors don't work with dead batteries

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Daylight Savings Spring forward this weekend, replace those batteries! Apparently the landlord at 65 Ashford didn't get the memo.

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I replace mine when the clocks change in the fall, just to keep the chirpy little bastards from hauling me out of bed in the middle of the night sometime in January.

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Everyone should get 10-year sealed lithium battery smoke detectors. They’re also great in that detectors need to be replaced every 10 years anyway.

Also, if you’re replacing anyway, get photoelectric smoke detectors! They’re faster at detecting smoke, and often advertised as better at avoiding false alarms when near kitchens and bathrooms. Ionizing detector tech is 100 years old, and it needs to be retired.

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Are these wired, or battery only?

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That’s BU student rental housing. My dad had a dozen units back in the day. Every year the smoke detector batteries got changed, and the receipt from the purchase mailed to BPD.

It’s not a leaky toliet, you have to do it.

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I know that the living group located in Boston that I (and Ron Newman) lived in at MIT was required to have hard-wired smoke detectors as of the 1990s.

Of course, even hard wired ones are not going to help if they are not serviced properly and tested regularly. They also don't activate if the fire is climbing the outside walls.

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