The Sheridan Fire-Rescue Department responded house fire around 6 o’clock Tuesday morning. Firefighters entered the home with air tanks and one water line. There was a fire burning underneath the kitchen sink and it was quickly extinguished.
Sheridan Fire-Rescue Investigator Brett Smith was able to determine
that the fire was caused by an electric baseboard heater that overheated and ignited the cabinet and the contents. No one was injured in the fire at 1517 Highland Avenue.
The heater was a Berko Model TS-1-8. This is the same heater that was blamed for destroying an apartment at 1020 Exeter in June, 2002. The Consumer Product Safety Commission identified the heater as the cause of 29 other fires that resulted in property damage. The heaters are the subject of a voluntary recall that was issued in 2007. Anyone who has one of these heaters should immediately turn the thermostat off and disconnect the power source to the heater. These heaters may be in homes that were built between 1972 and 1985. We’ve provided a link on our website, sheridanmedia.com, for those who wish find out more information on this heater click here.