Apartment Fire Reminds Others To Check Heaters

Investigators are still looking over records to determine what went wrong with the heater at Bradstone Apartments, near 12th and Quaker. The devastating fire send 6 people to the hospital and is enough to remind all of us to check out heaters at home.

Delores Taylor survived to tell everyone how she jumped out of the bathtub--to warn her neighbors.

"I opened the bathroom door and where my furnace and hot water tank is, there was fire blaze coming out of that closet," she said.

She thought it was the hot water heater. But investigators now say it was the apartment's heater. It was accidental, no further details.

But we found out--a lot can go wrong with a heater. The Mental Health Association owns the building, but the director Mike Brose says the units were inspected two weeks ago.

"We recommend having air and heating checked every season, for safety," said Dana Enochs, of Wortman Heating and Cooling.

Enochs showed us the ways your unit could cause a fire. Start with the heat exchanger, it's something you never see, located inside.

"So the gas is going through and you can see how rusty this is," she pointed out. "If it is rusty on inside, there could be pinhole cracks. It could allow air in, and which could push flame out the front, which will cause a fire," Enochs said.

Open your unit--and if you see a yellow pipe hanging, it could cause an explosion, during a thunderstorm.

And your flue, if it's clogged, it could also lead to a fire.

"I've seen personally squirrels in the flue pipe," said Enochs.

Basically too much air, near fire and gas--could cause a fire. Even wires can get caught, or smashed, and lead to a blaze endangering any of us.

"This is not happening to me, that's all I could say," said Delores Taylor. But it could happen to almost anyone.

Some residents have been able to stay, but the Mental Health association says for everyone else, they are moving the into vacant buildings and apartments that are available.