E-Cigarette Battery Believed to be Cause of House Fire in Illinois
MCHENRY, IL. – According to an online news report posted at nwherald.com, an e-cigarette battery is believed to have been the cause of a house fire in McHenry, Illinois. Fire investigators believe the battery overheated and set fire to a mattress in a residence. The homeowner sustained injuries in the fire, according to the report.*
The fire occurred at a residence located in the 2900 block of Arbor Drive in McHenry. Firefighters with the McHenry Township Fire Protection District were called to the home for a potential structural fire but did not see smoke outside the home when they arrived. Firefighters then entered the home and found that a mattress had been on fire.
The mattress was located in a bedroom upstairs, and the homeowner had used a fire extinguisher to put out the fire. Battalion Chief Mike Majercik and the Northwest Herald reported that the homeowner sustained burn injuries to his hand, and emergency responders took him to Northwestern Hospital for treatment. No firefighters were injured, Majercik said.
Fire officials reported that no structural damage to the home had occurred, though smoke damage did occur. Firefighters helped to remove smoke from the bedroom and estimated that the damage in the home would amount to about $1,000.
During investigation, officials developed reason to believe the fire was accidental and had started due to an overheated e-cigarette battery. Firefighters reportedly found the battery in the room. They did not elaborate on how the battery might have overheated or how the fire started. The brand of the battery was not reported.
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