Harrison County

Portable heater fire a cold weather warning, fire chief says

Harrison County battles mobile home fire on 28th Street

A portable heater is believed to be the cause of a fire that damaged a mobile home Thursday, Jan. 5, 2017, on 28th Street. A woman was home when the fire started but the she managed to escape.
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A portable heater is believed to be the cause of a fire that damaged a mobile home Thursday, Jan. 5, 2017, on 28th Street. A woman was home when the fire started but the she managed to escape.

Officials believe a portable heater was the cause of a fire that damaged a mobile home Thursday on 28th Street, Harrison County Fire Chief Pat Sullivan said.

A woman was in a bedroom when the fire started about 12:30 p.m., but she was able to escape, Sullivan said.

One room had heavy fire damage and there was smoke damage throughout the home, but no one was injured, he said.

An investigation hopes to determine how the portable heater caught fire.

“With cold weather coming, it serves as a reminder that people should be extra careful in using a portable heater,” Sullivan said.

“Make sure your heater is in good working order, has no frayed cords. And don’t plug it into an extension cord.

“And make sure you give plenty of space around it. Keep it away from bedding and curtains and such.”

The Long Beach Fire Department, the Harrison County Sheriff’s Office and American Medical Response joined a Harrison County Fire Service crew at the scene.

Robin Fitzgerald: 228-896-2307, @robincrimenews

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