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INDIANAPOLIS (January 19, 2016) – A husband, wife and two dogs are safe after an early morning fire destroyed the upper level of a south side home.

Fire crews responded to a call about a house fire in the 1100 block of East Edgewood Avenue around 1:15 a.m. Tuesday.

When they arrived on scene, crews found heavy fire showing from the second floor of the home, according to fire officials. The fire caused about $150,000 in damages.

According to the family, there were four space heaters running in their home – two upstairs and two downstairs.

Even though the heaters were plugged directly into the wall, officials believe the fire was caused by an excessive overload of the circuits due to the additional draw from the space heaters.

Utility workers on scene told crews that they have had multiple calls from other residents who were experiencing electrical difficulties due to multiple heat sources overpowering the electrical systems in their homes.

The Indianapolis Fire Department urges residents to follow manufacturer recommendations when using space heaters. They suggest heating the room before going to sleep, then turning off the heater and closing the door to keep the heat inside.

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