Fire Caused by Propane Heater

Posted at 6:26 PM, Feb 19, 2013
and last updated 2013-02-19 18:26:10-05

GRAND RAPIDS TOWNSHIP, Mich. – A small propane heater is likely to blame for a fire in a Grand Rapids Township home.

The fire started at around 4:30 p.m. Tuesday on the 1200 block of Kirk Drive SE.

Township Fire Chief Bob Versluys says it appears as if the heater was pointing at a small snowblower in the garage.

He says it looks as if the gas tank melted due to the heat and started the fire.

The fire was contained to the garage and did not spread to the home’s interior.

There were no injuries associated with the fire.

Firefighters also had to deal with cold conditions.

The chief says they use extra precaution in order to try not to slip on the ice that forms from the water used to fight the fire.

They also must keep water flowing through the hoses at all times so they don’t freeze up.