An ABC affiliate serving Knoxville, Tennesee, reported that a portable heater started a fire at a two-story home that injured two people, including a firefighter.
According to the news report, two adults in the home escaped the burning building before firefighters arrived at the scene. One had suffered minor burns on his head, and a firefighter was treated for charred debris that came in contact with his eye.
The cause, per investigators at the scene, was a portable, electric heater placed near combustible materials in a bedroom. NFPA recommends keeping anything that can burn at least three feet away from portable heaters, wood stoves, fireplaces, furnaces, and other types of heating equipment. Also, turn portable heaters off when leaving a room or going to bed. Review all of NFPA's heating safety tips.