OKLAHOMA CITY (KFOR) – Firefighters rushed to a busy mall in Oklahoma City after a shopper reported smelling smoke in the building.
On Tuesday morning, Oklahoma City firefighters were called to Penn Square Mall to check out the reports.
Investigators learned that a fire began in a small maintenance closet where a mop was left on top of a small heater. Fortunately, the fire was out by the time fire crews arrived on the scene.
Officials say this should serve as a reminder to others to place heaters three feet from anything that can burn, and to plug heaters directly into a wall socket and not an extension cord.
If possible, Oklahomans should purchase a heater with overheat protection and an automatic shut off.