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Fire Officials: Housefire in Redding, California, Caused by Lithium-Ion Battery

August 06, 2019

REDDING, CA. – According to a news report posted at, fire officials in Redding, California, say that a recent housefire in the city was caused by a lithium-ion battery. The battery had been left on the charger, and it seems to have overheated and ignited, according to the news report. Fire officials are warning people to be careful with these types of batteries.* 

The fire occurred late in the evening in the 2100 block of Sophy Place in Redding. The Redding Fire Department and the Redding Record Searchlight report that firefighters were called to a home in this area at about 10:15 p.m. due to a fire. The location of the home was east of Victor Avenue. Firefighters arrived to find the garage of the home ablaze.

Firefighters were able to control the flames within about 15 minutes, according to the report, and officials began investigating possible causes. Officials were able to determine that a lithium-ion battery in the garage was the probable source of the fire. They said that the battery had been left on a plugged-in charger, and it was sitting on a workbench in the garage. 

No injuries were reported from the fire, but property damage did occur. Fire officials estimated damage to the garage and its content to be approximately $200,000. 

The Redding Fire Department said that people should use caution with these batteries, which are found in electronic devices like cell phones, laptops, and e-cigarettes. The batteries should not be unattended while they are charging, officials said, and they need to be removed from chargers after they are fully charged. 

“Even though some batteries are intended to shut off when fully charged, do not get complacent, and always unplug them before leaving or once a full charge has been achieved,” said the fire department in a statement. 

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