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Fire breaks out at East Moline home during furnace repair

A man trying to fix a furnace at a home in East Moline was sent to the hospital after a fire broke out.

EAST MOLINE, Illinois -- A man trying to fix a furnace at a home in East Moline was sent to the hospital after a fire broke out.

The fire started Tuesday afternoon, November 5.  The contractor was working at a home in the 2100 block of 9th Avenue when he went outside to get a tool for the project, according to a firefighter.  That's when the home quickly filled with smoke.

The contractor was taken to the hospital and treated for smoke inhalation.  The home sustained heavy smoke damage.

A spokesperson with the East Moline Fire Department said this is a reminder for people to check their older appliances.