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Heater sparks blaze

Asst. Chief Burns Asst. Chief Burns
ALBANY, GA (WALB) -

Firefighters are again warning people about heater safety, after a South Albany home burned.

Firefighters say a blanket laid on top of a heater sparked the fire inside a bedroom of a home in the 400 block of Dorsett Avenue about 3:30 yesterday.  The fire heavily damaged the bedroom, and smoke damaged the entire home. 

Firefighters urge you to keep anything flammable away from heaters.

"We use the three to five foot range, to keep combustible materials away from a heater.  Including yourself.  A lot of people get burned themselves by being too close to a heater," said Asst. Albany Fire  Chief Sebon Burns.

If you're using a space heater while you sleep, firefighters say you should keep it at least five feet from the bed.
    
The American Red Cross is helping the two residents displaced by yesterday's fire.

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