Apartment furnace’s heating element fails

From Local Sources

DALE — Members of the Carter Fire District Volunteer Fire Department responded early Tuesday when smoke was reported coming from an apartment’s furnace on Dale’s northwest side.

A smoke alarm awoke a resident at the 3038 E. Spencer County Road 2000N unit who then called authorities at 3:33 a.m. CT, according to Fire Chief Dan “Enos” Reinke.

The resident exited the apartment and ensured residents in two adjoining units evacuated. Firefighters found that the furnace’s heating element failed. Some smoke was released from a small, short-lived fire involving insulation inside the furnace.

Firefighters removed the failed heating element.

Reinke said the occupant went to stay elsewhere until a technician could repair the furnace.

One truck and eight firefighters were on the scene 30 minutes.

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