A basement fire sparked by a faulty extension cord in an Inwood Lane home was extinguished Saturday morning before the flames could spread.

The fire was reported shortly after 7 a.m. Saturday, and when firefighters arrived on the scene, they found fire burning in a 3-by-5-foot section of the basement carpet as smoke filled the area.

Firefighters doused the blaze with a pressurized water extinguisher, and to ensure no spread of the fire, shut down circuit breakers in the house.

Smoke was ventilated from the house using fans.

Source of the fire was determined to be an extension cord being used for a basement dehumidifier.

In a press release issued after the fire, firefighters suggested that people plug all portable appliances directly into wall outlets and utilize different circuits to reduce overloading a home's wiring.