House fire caused by downlight light fitting

Energy type: 
Electricity
 
Event summary: 
The Fire Service notified Energy Safety of a large house fire caused by a downlight light fitting, possibly covered by thermal insulation. There was large fire flame damage to one room and smoke damage to multiple rooms.
 
Accident ID: 
170324-04
 
Accident date: 
23 February 2017
 
Site: 
Domestic
 
Environment: 
Building
 
Voltage: 
230
 
Equipment: 
Recessed Luminaires
 
Accident type: 
Fire
 
Casualty: 
Non-fatality
 
Injury: 
No injury
 
Property damage level: 
Extended to the room and structure containing the equipment
 
Outcome of investigation: 

Energy Safety was unable to reliably determine the fire cause from the Fire Service report which suggested electrical ignition, but with a low certainty. The time of the fire was midday with no one present at the address. An electrical cause was deemed most likely in the absence of any other identifiable possible causes. More information was requested from Fire and Emergency New Zealand, but no data was made available to investigate this fire further.