Followup: Saturday night fire blamed on water-bed heater

Investigators say they have figured out what caused the fire at a Fauntleroy home at sunset Saturday (WSB coverage here). The fire at a two-story home in the 4500 block of SW Trenton is blamed on “a malfunctioning temperature control which operates the heating element of a water bed,” according to Seattle Fire Department spokesperson Kyle Moore. He says it “overheated and ignited nearby combustibles.” Damage is estimated at $50,000, but, Moore adds, “the home had fire, smoke and water damage throughout the main floor and basement.” Nobody was hurt. (If you live in the neighborhood, you might have noticed fire crews responding to the same house again last night – we heard the calls on the scanner; a fire alarm went off, but no new fire was found.)

2 Replies to "Followup: Saturday night fire blamed on water-bed heater"

  • Teri Ensley January 14, 2013 (12:08 pm)

    So glad no one was hurt. To the person who owns this house:

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  • westcoastdeb January 14, 2013 (2:21 pm)

    Isn’t it ironic, a waterbed started a fire.
    Glad everyone is safe.

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