Department issues warning after business fire

Department issues warning after business fire

SEARCY, AR (KAIT) - The Searcy Fire Department issued a warning Friday regarding space heater safety after crews worked a fire early Friday morning.

According to the Searcy Fire Department's Facebook page, a business owner discovered their building filled with smoke around 5:30 a.m.

Firefighters arrived just minutes later and were able to put out the fire.

During their investigation, the department said they determined that an extension cord that was powering a space heater, which had been left on the entire night, overheated. It melted a trash can that was sitting on top of it, causing the fire.

The department warned residents to not use extension cords as a permanent power source and to never have anything sitting on top of them.

They also warn that with the cold weather here, space heaters should not be left on while unattended and should always be plugged directly into an outlet.

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