Wood burning heater responsible for Prince George blaze

Posted at 5:10 PM, Mar 27, 2012
and last updated 2012-03-27 17:10:01-04

PRINCE GEORGE, Va. (WTVR) – Firefighters in Prince George battled a house fire early Tuesday morning that started near a wood burning heater.

Prince George Fire & EMS Deputy Director Brad Owens said in a news release that crews were called to the 5500 Block of Mica Drive around midnight.

The homeowner’s smoke alarms went off and when he went outside, he saw that the home’s roof was on fire, said Owens.

First responders found heavy fire conditions when they arrived and tankers from other fire companies trucked in water, since there were no hydrants nearby.

Owens said the fire was marked under control just over two hours after the homeowner called 911.

Officials reminded folks to make sure all heaters are routinely cleaned and in an unobstructed location.