House fire as a result of tablet computer

Energy type: 
Electricity
 
Event summary: 
The Fire Service notified Energy Safety of a house fire involving a tablet computer which caused severe damage to a bedroom.
 
Accident ID: 
161013-04
 
Accident date: 
13 October 2016
 
Site: 
Domestic
 
Environment: 
Building
 
Voltage: 
230
 
Equipment: 
Equipment under 60950 classification
 
Accident type: 
Fire
 
Casualty: 
Non-fatality
 
Injury: 
No injury
 
Property damage level: 
Restricted to the room containing the equipment
 
Outcome of investigation: 

Even though the tablet was known to be faulty and owner continued to use it regardless of this knowledge.

Energy Safety is unaware of any other fires involving the model of tablet computer. Therefore Energy Safety considers this was likely to be a one-off type event that could have been preventable if the owner had taken action to have the tablet repaired or replaced when the fault became known.