Faulty Fan May Be Cause of Fire that Burned Home Under Renovation

September 12, 2017 16:00 pm · 3 comments

A faulty fan may be behind an accidental fire Saturday morning that damaged mainly the kitchen of a Pleasant Hill home, a Contra Costa County Fire Protection District captain said.

The fire was reported at 3:45 a.m. in a two-story home in the 100 block of St. Julie Court. The family was having renovations done following recurring flooding in the home, Capt. Lisa Martinez said.

According to Martinez, a crew in charge of the renovations was drying floors with fans and a fan may have failed. Because the fire was determined to be accidental, fire officials will leave it up to insurance investigators to determine whether the fan was the cause, Martinez said.

No one was injured in the fire. The family was not living in the home when the fire occurred.

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Mary Fouts September 12, 2017 at 5:01 PM

Ugh. I hope the homeowner(s) have adequate insurance coverage for their loss. So often home improvement contractors have no liability insurance. It’s not required by law in CA for contractors, contrary to many peoples’ beliefs.

TIFOKCIS September 12, 2017 at 5:21 PM

Recurring flooding in our home is also big problem………….and then the fan catches fire.

Okey dokey.

WC resident September 12, 2017 at 5:48 PM

The insurance investigators will want to comb through the entire scene as properly used fans generally don’t, and pretty much can’t, start fires.

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