Dehumidifier believed to have caused Eau Claire fire; two treated for smoke-related injuries


EAU CLAIRE, Wis. (WEAU) -- A house fire Wednesday night caused nearly $10,000 in damage and left two people with smoke-related injuries.

It happened at a home on Niagara Street around 8:35 p.m. Wednesday. Crews arrived at the scene, and found black smoke down to the floor. They went inside, and found a fire in the basement. Firefighters put it out quickly. The people who were inside when it started told investigators that they heard a smoke alarm going off in the basement. One of them went to find out what was going on, and found a fire in the basement. He called for help. Everyone inside evacuated.

Investigators believe a dehumidifier in the basement may have caused the fire. Paramedics treated the two injured people at the scene.

Early this year, the Consumer Product Safety Commission issued a recall on about 2.5 million dehumidifiers in the U.S. because they posed a possible fire risk. Firefighters are looking into whether the dehumidifier that caused this fire was part of the recall.


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