House Fire Story worth the read

Real Estate Agent with Keller Williams Realty at the Lakes

I received from a  friend who had a friend in the insurance property business. It
is well worth  reading.

This is one of those e-mails that if you don't send it,  rest assured
someone on your list will suffer for not reading it. 

Here is the original message written by a lady whose brother and wife learned a  hard lesson this
past week.

Their house burnt down.. nothing left  but ashes. They have good
insurance so the house will be replaced and most  of the contents. That is the good
news.  However, they were sick  when they found out the cause of the fire.

The insurance investigator  sifted through the ashes for several hours. He
had the cause of the fire  traced to the master bathroom. He asked her
sister-in-law what she had  plugged in the bathroom. She listed the normal
things....curling iron,  blow dryer. He kept saying to her, "No, this would be something
that would disintegrate at high temperatures". Then her sister-in-law remembered
she had a X Brand air freshener Plug-In, in the bathroom.

The investigator had one of  those "Aha" moments. He said that was the
cause of the fire. He said he  has seen more house fires started with the
plug-in type room fresheners  than anything else. He said the plastic they are
made from is  THIN. He also said that in every case  there was nothing left to
prove that it even existed.

When the  investigator looked in the wall plug, the two prongs left from the plug-in  were still in there.
Her sister-in-law had  one of the plug-ins that had a small night light built in it. She said she  had noticed that the light would dim and then finally go out.

She would  walk in to the bathroom a few hours later, and the light would be back on  again. The investigator said that the unit was getting too hot, and would  dim and go  out rather than  just blow the light bulb. Once
it cooled down it would come back on. That  is a warning sign .

The investigator said  he personally wouldn't have any type of plug in fragrance device anywhere  in his house.  He has seen too  many places that have been burned down due to them.


This entry hasn't been re-blogged:

Re-Blogged By Re-Blogged At
Florida Insurance Issues
house fire
plug ins
fragrance devices

Post a Comment
Spam prevention
Spam prevention
Show All Comments
Bill Lublin
CENTURY 21 Advantage Gold - Philadelphia, PA

Makes you remember how important it is to be aware of the "unintended consequences" of buying untested appliances, no matter how small.

Apr 23, 2007 02:07 AM #1
Grant Howell
Alex Lowery Real Estate - Frisco, TX
Broker/Owner 214-234-6901
Very interesting, I have a few in my home and use use in my listings, especially the vacant ones to keep them smelling good.
Apr 23, 2007 02:09 AM #2
Ronda Myers-Waters
Willems Realtors, Principal Broker - Chesterton, IN
That's a scary situation.  I will sure my clients know about this.  Thanks for sharing.
Apr 23, 2007 02:15 AM #3
Nattalie de la Mothe
Solid Source Realty - Atlanta, GA

Interesting - thanks for the post!

Apr 23, 2007 02:16 AM #4
Randy Prothero
eXp Realty - Mililani, HI
Hawaii REALTOR, (808) 384-5645
That is important to know.  I will pass this tid bit of knowledge on to others.
Apr 23, 2007 02:52 AM #5
Karen Villa Schweinfurth
RE/MAX Northwest Realtors, Inc. 425-308-3669 - Everett, WA
ABR, CRS, SRES, CyberStar
Teri, after reading this I immediately jumped up and unplugged two in my own home. Thanks for the heads up.
Apr 23, 2007 03:56 AM #6
Teri Isner
Keller Williams Realty at the Lakes - Orlando, FL
I went to to check this as an urban legend before I posted it and couldn't find it. Of course it is obvious on your link that it was sponsered by xyz brand which I didn't name before but which your link now makes very obvious.  Thanks again consider the source...
Apr 23, 2007 06:47 AM #7

I have checked this out numerous times and it is still a hoax, chain mail, whatever you want to call it.

All you have to do is google it. 

Apr 25, 2007 01:37 AM #8
Neal Bloom
eXp Realty - Weston, FL
Realtor CRS-Weston FL Real Estate
I too will pass it on ,thanks
May 04, 2007 12:56 PM #9
Post a Comment
Spam prevention
Show All Comments

What's the reason you're reporting this blog entry?

Are you sure you want to report this blog entry as spam?


Teri Isner

Ask me a question
Spam prevention

Additional Information