Heater May Have Caused Apartment Fire


POSTED: Friday, November 5, 2010 - 11:28am

UPDATED: Sunday, November 7, 2010 - 8:55am

Harlingen Fire Investigators are back out at the scene this morning as they attempt to find out what caused the blaze that left two people temporarily homeless. The fire department received a call at 2:30 a.m. from one of the tenants at Serenity Place Apartments, that his apartment was engulfed in flames.

"One of the tenants came back to the house, opened the door. There were some dogs inside. They ran out immediately. He noticed the smoke so he called 911 at that point."

Luckily, neither tenant was home at the time of the fire, but Fire Marshal, Danny Warner, says the fire could have been contained quicker if they were.

"As it is, the fire was allowed to grow a little bit longer than it normally we would like so when the fire department got here there was a lot of fire involvement."

Firefighters spent most of the morning going through the rubble and gathering more evidence to determine what caused the early morning fire.

As temperatures dropped this week, the Fire Marshal suspects a heater may have played a part in the blaze.

"We see a lot of this during the first snap of the cold season. We typically see a little fire like this."

As winter approaches and more and more people will turn on those heaters to keep warm, fire officials urge you to be very cautious when turning on heaters and candles.

"If they're using candles, any time they leave the room, we ask that the candles be extinguished. Make sure there's proper clearance between heaters and beddings and other clothing."

Another important thing, clean your heater before you turn them on.

"Clean those coils. Get the dust off so there aren't any problems."

Fire officials will continue to investigate the fire that started in the bedroom and spread to the entire apartment

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