- 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.


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



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