Fire officials: Space heater sparked Concourse Village fire; nearly 60 displaced

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Fire officials say an electrical space heater sparked a fire on Saturday in Concourse Village that has left nearly 60 people without a place to call home.

The three-alarm fire tore through several buildings around 3 a.m. on East 163rd Street. 

MORE: Officials: Nearly 6 dozen displaced following 3-alarm Morrisania fire 

The American Red Cross wants to make sure people know how to safely use electrical heaters:

  • Always place the heater on the ground, not on any furniture
  • Make sure it’s plugged into a safe outlet
  • Place them on a ceramic or tile floor, not on a rug or near bedding

The Red Cross also says to never use a stovetop or oven to heat a home.

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