Switch board catches fire

Energy type: 
Electricity
 
Event summary: 
Energy Safety was advised by Fire and Emergency of a fire in an electrical switch board on the outside of a property.
Damage was restricted to the switch board.
 
Accident ID: 
171013-02
 
Accident date: 
27 September 2017
 
Site: 
Domestic
 
Environment: 
Building
 
Voltage: 
230
 
Equipment: 
Switch/distribution board
 
Accident type: 
Fire
 
Casualty: 
Non-fatality
 
Injury: 
No injury
 
Property damage level: 
Restricted to the direct vicinity of the equipment
 
Outcome of investigation: 

A fire involved an electrical switch damaged a meter box only, resulting in no power to the unit. The fire damage was limited to the exterior meter box. Vector attended the site following the fire.

The notifier did not identify the causal factor and could not provide details of the electrician that attended to repair the installation.

Energy Safety closed this case because a scene examination was unable to be conducted as the scene was repaired before Energy Safety was contacted, and insufficient information was provided to further our enquiries.