- Associated Press - Wednesday, February 5, 2014

VALLEY CITY, N.D. (AP) - Portable heaters are being blamed for a Valley City house fire that led to a close call for a mother and two children and injured a firefighter.

Fire Chief Gary Retterath tells KOVC radio that two portable heaters were placed too close to a bed in the home’s basement, igniting the Jan. 28 blaze.

Linda Schonert and her children escaped the burning house by jumping from a second-floor bedroom window. They suffered scratches on their legs when they hit a porch roof and then fell to the ground.

One firefighter suffered smoke inhalation as he was turning off the natural gas connection to the house.

The home was destroyed.

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Information from: KOVC-AM, https://www.newsdakota.com

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