Fire caused by instant hot water dispenser kettle

Energy type: 
Electricity
 
Event summary: 
The Fire Service reported a fire in the kitchenette of a basement unit in a two-storey residential property which appears to have been initiated from an instant hot water dispenser kettle. The occupant was removed from the house by a neighbour. They suffered smoke inhalation and were taken to hospital by ambulance. Flame damage was confined to part of the room.
 
Accident ID: 
160621-12
 
Accident date: 
17 June 2016
 
Site: 
Domestic
 
Environment: 
Building
 
Voltage: 
230
 
Equipment: 
Liquid heating; Kettles; Urns
 
Accident type: 
Fire
 
Casualty: 
Non-fatality
 
Injury: 
Asphyxiation
 
Property damage level: 
Restricted to the room containing the equipment
 
Outcome of investigation: 

Fire damage was contained to the kitchen area near the unit. Fire patterns indicated that the fire originated from on top of the bench where the instant hot water kettle was located.

The supplier of the instant hot water kettle agreed to recall the product following Energy Safety's enquiries.