Faulty gas heater causes early morning blaze on Parkview


No one was injured in a pre-dawn fire on Parkview, sparked by an old bathroom heater.

Kilgore firefighters were dispatched to a residential structure fire in the 600 block of Parkview at 5:11 a.m.

“Sgt. Terry Linder from the police department was on patrol and he was the first one on scene,” according to KPD Assistant Chief Mark Henderson. “He advised there were flames coming from the attic.

“The owner said that he was actually awakened by smoke and not a smoke alarm.”

The man and his 15-year-old son were unharmed. Kilgore FD and Kilgore Rescue Unit tackled the blaze while KPD secured the scene.

“Everyone’s safe. This is an approximately 1800 square-foot brick veneer home,” Henderson reported. “Most of the fire was contained in the attic, with about 40 percent of the room being destroyed. The interior of the home was mostly water and smoke damage.

Following an investigation by Kilgore Fire Marshal Brandon Bigos, “The cause of the fire has now been determined to be a porcelain wall-mounted gas heater located in the bathroom.”

Most of the flames traveled in the wall into the attack, Henderson added.

“There wasn’t much damage to the interior of the home fire-wise.”


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