Candle starts blaze |

Candle starts blaze

Flames from a fallen candle burst panes of a bay window Thursday night, but did little else to a single-story home at 1180 Apache St.

Lake Valley Fire Department Battalion Chief Brian Eakin said he suspects the blaze began when a candle burning on the window sill fell over.

A resident in the house identified by neighbors as Kathy Barker, “suffered from very minor smoke inhalation, but it was enough to warrant a trip to the hospital,” Eakin said.

Firefighters found Barker sleeping on a couch next to the burning room.

“The smoke was just beginning to billow down from the ceiling when we arrived,” Eakin said.

He estimated that the fire had been burning for 20 minutes before firefighters arrived.

Eakin said the damage to the home was “nearly insignificant,” but firefighters covered the shattered windows and ventilated the house to rid it of smoke.

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