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Furnace Fires on the Rise

Updated: Monday, February 10 2014, 10:39 AM CST

Local fire department leaders tell us there is an increase in furnace fires. On Friday afternoon there was another close call, a lucky break for one family. But firefighters tell us not everyone this winter has been as lucky. The call came Friday afternoon. 

"It looked like somebody had been working on a furnace and some items got left on the furnace. Looked like those items did catch on fire," Captain Bart Zaborac with the Springfield Fire Department said. 

Both Pleasant Plains and Springfield departments responded to the call on Farmingdale Road. No one was there when the fire started, but the owners caught a lucky break.

"The fire went out; burst a water pipe above the furnace, and it extinguished the fire, but it did cause smoke and water damage," Captain Zaborac said.

We asked a local how often he checks his own furnace.

"Just for the winter and summer, twice a year," Scott Grosboll of Tallula explains. "Make sure it's clean, dust free, and I change the filter once a month."

Grosboll says he works hard to maintain things at home, plus he checks on his neighbors to remind them. He also says he has insurance so if his home does catch fire, the material things can be replaced.       


Furnace Fires on the Rise


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