Woman dies in Macon house fire

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MACON, Georgia (41NBC/WMGT) – “A working smoke alarm and fire escape plan does equal a life-saving combination,” said Macon-Bibb Fire Chief and Director of Fire Prevention Brenda Thomas.

The combo can save a lot of lives, but Monday in Macon, someone else lost their life.

“Unfortunately we are on our sixth fire fatality in Macon-Bibb, and it does break our heart,” said Chief Thomas.

68-year-old Ruby Davis died at her home on Lilly Avenue early Monday morning.

Her brother tried to run back inside to save her, but it was too late.

“We’re trying so hard to make sure everyone understands why they should have working smoke alarms,” said Chief Thomas. “To our knowledge at this time, the home was without a working smoke alarm.”

The fire department stopped by Mitchell’s house Monday to install some for him.

“We do install smoke alarms free of charge for over 20 years,” said Chief Thomas.

Chief Thomas continues to push fire prevention–especially with the colder months getting closer.

“Just having that notification is the biggest part of that whole deal–there with the smoke alarm and the plan,” said Chief Thomas. “The notification to get you up and get your family up before it gets too big and you can’t handle it.”

If you can get out, it can save your life.

“Because the reason they’re up high is because smoke rises and once it hits that an activates and yeah more than likely, most of the time you’re in a position where you can get out and you don’t have to fight through fire or smoke,” said Chief Thomas.

If you want a smoke detector installed in your home, call the fire department at (478) 751-9180.

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(478) 745-4141 ext. 303 Karlisha Booze joined the 41NBC news team in October 2013 as the producer for 41 TODAY. A year later, reporting for Channel 17, the Bibb County School District channel, was added to her responsibilities. Born and raised in Macon, Karlisha is proud to be in her hometown doing what she loves to do. Karlisha's passion for news began in elementary school where she anchored the school's morning news and got an opportunity to try out for the Junior Journalists at WMAZ. She also performed in commercials with Kids Voting Georgia, for Bibb County and Cox Communications. Prior to working at 41NBC, she was a news intern at WGXA and was later hired as a production assistant and worked as a fill-in anchor/producer for the station's morning news broadcast. Karlisha graduated from Middle Georgia College in 2009 with an Associate of Arts (Communications), from Fort Valley State University in 2011 with a Bachelor of Arts (Mass Communications), and from Ashford University in 2014 with a Master of Arts (Organizational Management). She is currently pursuing a Doctorate focusing on Business Administration. In her free time, she enjoys writing poetry and spending time with family and friends, especially her son, Ka'Dence. If you have any story ideas, please pass them along!