That section of the building is isolated from the living area. Some of the firefighters said they had noticed a slight odor that morning, before discovering the fire, but dismissed it as a temporary smell from using the heater, Riley said.
He said it is a lesson for residents to always be aware of subtle warning signs, such as an odd smell or flickering lights, which could be an early indication of an electrical fire.
The fire was extinguished quickly, and the station remained open, though the exercise room had more of a foul odor than usual, Riley deadpanned.
Written by The Virginian-Pilot