Solar hot water unit source of house fire

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AN electrical fault in a solar water heating unit has been blamed as the cause of a fire that damaged a house at the end of Matokitoki Valley Road on Monday afternoon.

Fire and Emergency NZ crews got there in time to stop the fire spreading after the man who lived there contained it with a garden hose.

Specialist fire investigator Derek Goodwin inspected the fire scene yesterday.

“It appears an electrical fault developed with the solar water heater and the fire started just below the roof space around the control box for the heater.

“The residents told me they had the unit installed 18 months ago and had no problems with it. The installation was sound and was signed off and checked.”

Mr Goodwin said it was not clear what caused the electrical fault.

“I will do some further research on it to see if there have been other similar issues with solar-powered water heaters elsewhere in the country.”

Mr Goodwin said the fire crews who responded did a good job to stop the fire from spreading further in the house.

“Considering the distance from the station, right around the end of Matokitoki Valley Road, it was very good work.

“I feel sorry for the homeowner who had just finished doing up the house.”

The fire caused extensive structural damage to part of the ceiling space of the home, and moderate smoke and water damage throughout the building.

AN electrical fault in a solar water heating unit has been blamed as the cause of a fire that damaged a house at the end of Matokitoki Valley Road on Monday afternoon.

Fire and Emergency NZ crews got there in time to stop the fire spreading after the man who lived there contained it with a garden hose.

Specialist fire investigator Derek Goodwin inspected the fire scene yesterday.

“It appears an electrical fault developed with the solar water heater and the fire started just below the roof space around the control box for the heater.

“The residents told me they had the unit installed 18 months ago and had no problems with it. The installation was sound and was signed off and checked.”

Mr Goodwin said it was not clear what caused the electrical fault.

“I will do some further research on it to see if there have been other similar issues with solar-powered water heaters elsewhere in the country.”

Mr Goodwin said the fire crews who responded did a good job to stop the fire from spreading further in the house.

“Considering the distance from the station, right around the end of Matokitoki Valley Road, it was very good work.

“I feel sorry for the homeowner who had just finished doing up the house.”

The fire caused extensive structural damage to part of the ceiling space of the home, and moderate smoke and water damage throughout the building.

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