Candle warmer brings out St. Henry firefighters

From Local Sources

ST. HENRY — A report late Tuesday evening of smoke inside a residence west of St. Henry brought a response by the St. Henry Volunteer Fire Department.

The department responded at 5:50 p.m. to the Ronnie and Donna Tobin residence at 11212 S. 200W after a call to a firefighter reporting the problem, according to Fire Chief Steve Eckert.

Electrical power was disconnected at the home’s breaker box as firefighters discovered a candle warmer had components come loose internally, which resulted in the plastic housing melting and creating a significant amount of smoke, according to Eckert.

The department used an exhaust fan to ventilate the house and deployed a thermal imaging camera to ensure there were no additional problems.

Two trucks and five firefighters were on the scene about 40 minutes.

Last week, at 10:03 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 14, the department traveled east of St. Henry after a citizen complained about a person in the area of County Road 50W lighting a large brush pile on fire just before 10 p.m.

Burning is not allowed after sunset by state law. After confirming the illegal burn, Eckert contacted county dispatch to page out the department. One truck and 10 firefighters responded to extinguish the burn by Leon Mehling.

Eckert reported that, in 2017, Mehling started the woods on fire at the same location, resulting in an out-of-control fire that burned several acres of brush and trees.

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