House fire following an attempt to light cabinet heater

Energy type: 
LPG
 
Event summary: 
The Fire Service notified Energy Safety of a house fire which involved eighty percent of the structure. The occupant had advised them that the fire had started when he attempted to light his cabinet heater.
 
Accident ID: 
160815-06
 
Accident date: 
9 August 2016
 
Site: 
Domestic
 
Environment: 
Building
 
Voltage: 
1
 
Equipment: 
Space heater / cabinet heater
 
Accident type: 
Fire and explosion
 
Casualty: 
Non-fatality
 
Injury: 
No injury
 
Property damage level: 
Extended to the site
 
Outcome of investigation: 

The occupant made numerous attempts to light a heater he had not used for several years. It appears that unburned gas had accumulated on the floor and, when it did ignite, set fire to a flocked rug. The unburned gas may have come from a leak in the regulator/cylinder connection, or from the unsuccessful lighting attempts.