Author Russell Ashe’s New Book “The Fire That Changed Everything” Is a Heartrending Story of Heroism, Tragedy, and a Devastating Inferno in a Picturesque Vermont Town

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Recent release “The Fire That Changed Everything” from Page Publishing author Russell Ashe is a first responder’s memoir of horror and devastation in a sudden blaze that claimed four young lives in a close-knit New England community.

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Russell Ashe, a father of three, musician, and twenty-three-year veteran of fire and rescue services in Vermont who retired with the rank of captain, has completed his new book “The Fire That Changed Everything”: a story of the heroism and bravery of first responders as well as a tribute to the lives lost that fateful morning.

Russell shares, “On December 17, 2005, the city of Barre lost four kids and their mom in the worst fire the city has ever had. Just before Christmas in an apartment protected by three working smoke detectors, this family never got out. In fact, this family never even knew there was a fire until it was too late. The only person able to get out was only able to by chance. Of all the things this individual said after the fire, most disturbing was the lack of any smoke alarms sounding. An apartment full of toxic smoke with working smoke alarms and yet they all remained silent.

That morning was filled with devastation, triumph, acts of incredible heroism and bravery, an injured firefighter and four others almost making the ultimate sacrifice. Everyone who was there had their own lives torn apart and will never be the same again.

This fire rocked our community to its core and yet it’s a scenario that is played out all over the world. In the months that followed this fire, we learned why the smoke alarms didn’t sound. We also learned why smoke alarms all over the world will not sound today, leaving all the occupants in extreme danger should their home burn.

This is not only a story about some of the greatest men and women on the face of this earth, but a tribute to the victims from that morning. Inside, you will learn what they didn’t know so that you can protect your family from the risk of fire. At the end of the day, these people will have died so that you may live.”

Published by New York City-based Page Publishing, Russell Ashe’s riveting memoir of courage and sacrifice is a cautionary tale that offers life-saving lessons on how to avoid a similar tragedy.

Readers who wish to experience this gripping and potent work can purchase“The Fire That Changed Everything” at bookstores everywhere, or online at the Apple iTunes store, Kobo, Amazon, Google Play or Barnes and Noble.

For additional information or media inquiries, contact Page Publishing at 866-315-2708.

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