Department officials say in a report a space heater likely is to blame
for a fire that destroyed a house in the 100 block of Chateau Court
Monday morning, the latest in a rash of devastating house fires in the
injuries were reported, with a resident advising no one was home at the
time. A KFD fire report indicates the house is a total loss.
call came in at 6:40 a.m. Monday, and upon their arrival firefighters
were met with a “large amount of flame showing.” Reports say the fire
was heavy in two bedroom areas.
informed first responders nobody was home, but kid’s toys in the yard
and foot prints in snow on the driveway prompted an interior search.
The fire was put out via “exterior attacks.”
told firefighters there were four space heaters set up throughout the
house. A following investigation into burn patterns indicated the blaze
started in a bedroom in the back of the house, where a space heater was
in use. “Large amount of clothing/bedding debris in area suspected as
combustibles first ignited by heater,” states the fire report.
was cleared by 8:32 a.m.
release sent out by the Indiana Department of Homeland Security
Wednesday contained a list of safety tips to avoid potentially
dangerous situations. Included in the list:
heaters should be kept away from loose or flammable objects, like
clothing, curtains, bedding and furniture. Keep at least a 3-foot
parameter around space heaters at all times. Additionally, only one
space heater should be plugged into an electrical outlet at a time.
Never overload electrical outlets.
space heaters running in unoccupied rooms. If the purchase of a space
heater is necessary, consider buying one with a built-in tilt sensor
that ensures the heater shuts off if it’s tipped over. Refuel kerosene
space heaters outside the house in a well-ventilated area, and let it
cool down first if it was recently used.
occur more often in winter than any other season, and alternative
heating sources are one of the leading causes of home fires and
fire-related deaths each year,” said State Fire Marshal Jim Greeson in
the press release. “Fires caused by alternative heating equipment
account for 19 percent of home fire deaths in the United States.”