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Article published March 6, 2013
Faulty electrical wiring causes early morning blaze in city
Faulty electrical wiring was blamed for a fire in Butler early this morning that roused the homeowner from sleep and forced him to flee the house. No one was injured, authorities said, but the fire caused about $5,000 in damage to the two-story home in the 100 block of Madison Avenue. Shawn Beatty, who owns the house, was awakened by smoke about 3:30 a.m. “He saw flames coming from the ceiling fan above the bed,” said Butler Fire Chief Nick Ban. The fan, Ban noted, was not on when it caught fire. Beatty scrambled out of bed and grabbed a fire extinguisher. “He hit the fan with the drug chemical extinguisher and called 911,” Ban said. Beatty later got out of the home. Butler police and firefighters got there and found fire smoldering in the bedroom ceiling Firefighters opened up the ceiling to access the blaze, which was quickly snuffed out. Beatty returned to his house after firefighters left about 4 a.m.