There have been 3 devastating fatal fires in my community in the past year or so. In one, a mother and 3 of her children died, and the father and 2 surviving siblings, who all jumped from the roof - the father had to PUSH them down bc they were so afraid to jump - are still, as far as I know, intubated and unaware that the rest of the family perished. In another one, 7 children from the same family died. Both houses had the same setup. In both cases the fire rushed up from the ground floor to the open staircase, effectively trapping everyone who slept in the front bedroom; they couldn't jump through the window bc the fire was raging from below, and the stairs were blocked off. In both cases there was only one working smoke detector; in one case in the basement - which no one on the 2nd floor or attic heard - and in the other case, on the ground flour, therefore a sibling and cousin were able to yell up to the parents that there's a fire, and run out the side door. In the 3rd case, an older couple was killed when they failed to completely extinguish a charcoal grill burning on their patio, and the flames basically burned for hours until a neighbor noticed. A teenage daughter managed to jump; the father went back to get the mother, who I believe was in a wheelchair or had some other difficulty walking, and they both died. I think there were no working smoke detectors in that house at all.
Our community is still in shock and mourning, especially in the cases of the 7 siblings and the mother + 3 siblings. Having working batteries in smoke detectors is of EXTREME importance. I am always afraid to go to bed if I dont have 2 working smoke detectors. I even failed a housing inspection recently because the smoke detector outside my kitchen was 10 feet too far from my son's bedroom!
May God watch over all of us. Yes, Jack was a fictional character, but I hope this episode raises awareness of fire safety. Running back into a burning house for ANY reason, is never a good idea.
(I can't even watch this episode bc of my phobia of house fires.)
There are parts of NJ that are literally bordering PA. Like Cherry Hill. But then again, that would make it very far from NYC, where Randall works.