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Hot water tank failure leads to house fire

Incident Investigation

Hot water tank failure leads to house fire

September 19, 2021

Electrical

Reference Number:

II-1257863-2021 (#24115)



Location: Castlegar

Regulated industry sector: Electrical - Low voltage electrical system (30V to 750V)

Incident overview

Electrical components in a domestic hot water tank overheated and, ignited a large quantity of tissues, paper towel, and toilet paper stored nearby. The heating element and thermostat covers from the hot water tank had been previously removed leaving electrical components available to direct contact with nearby items.

 

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