Short Supply of Propane Causing Fire Concerns - WBAY

Short Supply of Propane Causing Fire Concerns

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Kewaunee County -

With propane still in short supply people are doing their best to keep their homes warm, that means they may be using methods that pose a fire danger if not done with caution.

The Emergency Management Director in Kewaunee County says she's scared for people trying to deal with the propane shortage. She's concerned about the potential for fires because people are using extreme measures to keep their homes warm.

One family I visited out in Casco showed Action 2 News their propane tank only had 14% left. So they've plugged in three space heaters inside of different rooms in their home.

Also, one member of the family is sleeping on the couch to keep an eye on the fire burning in the fireplace overnight.

The county emergency management director says she's nervous because she's already seen how these extreme measures can end in tragedy.

"We have people who are using the space heaters in their living rooms, or their bedrooms. Make sure that they are away from anything that could start fire. The report that just came out this morning about somebody in another state was a mother and eight children were found burned in their bedroom all huddled together because of the space heaters," said Kewaunee County Emergency Management Director Lori Huceck.

With the forecast showing no signs of warmer weather, Kewaunee County emergency management expects the number of people relying on space heaters and wood burning devices to grow.

While the state and federal government have released more aid for those on assistance for heating bills, answers on when that propane will arrive are not clear.

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