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Officials say heater sparked blaze
Firefighters check for hot spots Nov. 17 after a midday blaze that damaged a home on C.R. 357 in the Carpenter Community, located near the Bexar and Wilson county border.
ST. HEDWIG -- A propane heater is being blamed for a Nov. 17 blaze that caused more than $12,000 damage to a home on C.R. 357, on the border of Bexar and Wilson counties. A woman living in the house was treated at the scene for minor injuries, said Chief Jason Scheel of the La Vernia Volunteer Fire Department.
Scheel said the heater was located too close to window drapes, which ignited. Flames were confined to one room, but Scheel said there was smoke damage throughout the home. He advises those using heaters to maintain a clear perimeter of 3-5 feet around the devices to prevent drapes or other flammable items from igniting.
In addition to the La Vernia Volunteer Fire Department, firefighters from Lone Oak, St. Hedwig, China Grove, and Gardendale responded to the scene, along with Acadian Ambulance.
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