Warning Issued About Space Heaters

KINGSPORT — Fire authorities are warning people about being careful with space heaters in the wake of a man killed in a house fire in Eidson last week.

Kingsport Fire Department officials say to be sure the heater is in good condition and the electrical cords aren’t frayed.

It’s also recommended to leave 3 feet of space around any portable heater.

Investigators say the fire that killed 68-year-old Elmer Berndt was started by a portable heater.