Space heater causes small fire in St. Helens home
Columbia River Fire and Rescue crews were dispatched to the 300 block of Park Way on Wednesday, Nov. 29, after a fire was started by a space heater in the house.
Crews were dispatched to the house at 5:30 a.m. Wednesday when a fire broke out on the second floor. A space heater had been placed on a wooden chair, which then caught fire.
Damage from the fire was limited to the room and smoke damage was present throughout the second floor of the home, according to a release from CRFR.
The home did not have a working smoke alarm.
As colder weather sets in, fire officials remind homeowners to be cautious when using space heaters and other heating devices.
The National Fire Protection Agency recommends maintaining a three-foot radius between any heating equipment like space heaters, fireplaces, furnaces, wood stoves and any items that are flammable or combustible. NFPA also recommends turning off portable heaters when leaving a room or before going to bed.
Fire officials also recommend installing a working smoke alarm in your home. The NFPA suggests testing the alarm at least once a month to ensure it's working properly.