1/24/2014 9:10 PM
by Karen Franklin
BRADLEY - First responders who helped save a garage Friday night in Raleigh
County believe a space heater may have sparked the blaze.
Dispatchers said they got word of an explosion with smoke in
the Bradley area around 6 p.m. on Maple Fork Road. The Bradley-Prosperity Fire Department,
with the help of Pax, Mount Hope, Beaver and Mabscott departments, extinguished
the garage fire and ventilated the structure.
The fire was deemed accidental, and homeowners who spoke
with Newswatch off camera believe the fire did in fact start from a space
heater left on while they worked on the car.
“There really is not much damage to the structure itself,”
Asst. Chief Bobby Palmer. “The vehicle was heavily damaged. The building
contents did receive a lot of smoke and water damage from the firefighting but
other than that, there was really no damage to the structure itself.”
Firefighters credit a fast response time to saving the
garage. They said it took only six to seven minutes for them to start working.