Space heater may be to blame for Saratoga County house fire

November 19, 2018 12:59 PM

A space heater may be to blame for a house fire on Saratoga Lake.

Fire crews say they arrived at 75 Old Saratoga Lake Road around 12:30 Sunday.

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Two construction workers were on the second floor of the summer home when they say they heard a bang. Within minutes, the house was up in flames.

No one was hurt. The home is a total loss.

The cold weather comes with the need to stay warm, but there are things you need to be aware of if you use a space heater.

Heating equipment is the second leading cause of house fires in the United States -- about 65,000 home fires a year.

Safety should always be a top consideration when using space heaters.

Read manufacturer's instructions and warning labels.

Never leave a space heater unattended.

Turn it off if you're leaving a room, or going to sleep.

Plug space heaters directly into a wall outlet.

Don't use an extension cord or power strip. They can overheat and cause fire.

Finally, always unplug the heater when you're not using it.


WNYT Staff

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