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June 18, 2012

Weekend fire may have been caused by electrical issues

LOGANSPORT — A structure fire Saturday morning gutted two rooms at the back of an eight-person home split into apartments at 1821 Woodlawn Ave.

Jason Miller, Logansport Fire Department investigator, said a man in the back bedroom of the house woke up and noticed smoke in his room. He left his room and re-entered the house to see the south wall of his bedroom in flames. He then woke up the seven others and they evacuated the building.

There were no injuries.

Miller said the man had a window air conditioner, surge protector and other equipment all running out of one electrical outlet. The outlet overloaded and caused the surge protector to fail, Miller said.

“It can’t be ruled out as the cause of the fire,” Miller said. Miller added that the home did not have any working smoke detectors at the time of the fire.

“There were no working smoke detectors in the home, and they were very lucky that they were all able to get out,” Miller said.

The other rooms of the house suffered minor smoke and heat damage, Miller said.

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