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September 11, 2012
Salem News

- A bouncy ball was found inside a furnace on top of the heat exchanger and had started melting after a resident on East School Avenue turned on her furnace and ended up calling the fire department when smoke starting rolling out of the vents Monday morning. The woman had called at 11:15 a.m. for smoke in the residence, reporting it occurred after she turned on the furnace. The electric and gas to the furnace was shut off and firefighters found toys in the cold air return next to the furnace filter, which was pressed up against the blower motor due to the weight of the toys. The report said it was unknown if the odor came from the filter or the blower motor. A repairman called the fire department later and reported finding the bouncy ball inside the furnace. A firefighter said it appeared a child had been dropping toys down the vent, with numerous little cars and other items found in the cold air return.



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