Home-made power cord blamed for house fire - WALB.com, South Georgia News, Weather, Sports

Home-made power cord blamed for house fire

ALBANY, GA (WALB) -

Fire Investigators say the cause of an Albany house fire Tuesday was an electrical extension cord that was spliced into a space heater.

Firefighters say the extension cord was spliced into the factory-installed cord of a space heater.

Investigators say an electrical short from that splice sparked a fire that burned the home in the 1300 block of Eager Drive Tuesday at 7:00 AM.

With cold weather coming on, firefighters urge people to use caution with space heaters.

"When you go in making modifications to something that has already been tested as it is, you should not do that anyway. The bottom line is, the length of the cord is designed for that unit. Anything extra puts a load on it that could cause a short," said Albany Fire Chief James Carswell.

The occupants of the house, Tony Ratliff and Shawn Jenkins, did not claim responsibility for the heater and that spliced cord.

The fire did an estimated $15,000 damage to the home, forcing the family to move out.

Copyright 2012 WALB.  All rights reserved.

  • More WALB News10 HeadlinesMore News HeadlinesMore>>

  • Woman found dead during Albany fire died of natural causes

    Woman found dead during Albany fire died of natural causes

    Tuesday, February 20 2018 2:03 PM EST2018-02-20 19:03:15 GMT
    After an investigation overnight Monday, fire officials have concluded that the woman who was found dead after a house fire in Albany actually died before the fire.  (Source: WALB)After an investigation overnight Monday, fire officials have concluded that the woman who was found dead after a house fire in Albany actually died before the fire.  (Source: WALB)

    After an investigation overnight Monday, fire officials have concluded that the woman who was found dead after a house fire in Albany actually died before the fire. 

    More >>

    After an investigation overnight Monday, fire officials have concluded that the woman who was found dead after a house fire in Albany actually died before the fire. 

    More >>
  • Black History program honors history maker

    Black History program honors history maker

    Tuesday, February 20 2018 11:09 AM EST2018-02-20 16:09:20 GMT

    "I'm always honored but more importantly I'm humbled that folks would honor me for doing the nation's business," said Major General Retired, Alfred Flowers. History-maker Major General Retired Alfred Flowers has been in South Georgia this weekend. 

    More >>

    "I'm always honored but more importantly I'm humbled that folks would honor me for doing the nation's business," said Major General Retired, Alfred Flowers. History-maker Major General Retired Alfred Flowers has been in South Georgia this weekend. 

    More >>
  • Tifton council updates building and zoning regulations

    Tifton council updates building and zoning regulations

    Tuesday, February 20 2018 12:02 AM EST2018-02-20 05:02:20 GMT
    A 30-day moratorium has been lifted by the city of Tifton for residential building. (Source: WALB)A 30-day moratorium has been lifted by the city of Tifton for residential building. (Source: WALB)

    For the last 30 days, the city council has been updating regulations for base zoning, building locations, and lot areas and width for residential development.

    More >>

    For the last 30 days, the city council has been updating regulations for base zoning, building locations, and lot areas and width for residential development.

    More >>
Powered by Frankly