Fire caused by a washing machine

Energy type: 
Electricity
 
Event summary: 
Energy Safety received notification of a laundry fire involving a washing machine. The fire damage was limited to the laundry, although smoke damage extended to other areas.
 
Accident ID: 
151211 02
 
Accident date: 
1 December 2015
 
Site: 
Domestic
 
Environment: 
Building
 
Voltage: 
230
 
Equipment: 
Washing Machines
 
Accident type: 
Fire
 
Casualty: 
Non-fatality
 
Injury: 
No injury
 
Property damage level: 
Restricted to the room containing the equipment
 
Outcome of investigation: 

Energy Safety determined that the machine involved had been the subject of a safety recall and that the owner had been previously sent a letter from the manufacture advising them of the recall. However, the owner did not respond to that letter and continued using the washing machine. Responsibility for the fire has to be shared between the manufacturer and the owner of the machine who was aware of the safety issue, but continued to use the machine without taking any action.