Just weeks after a nationwide recall for millions of dehumidifiers was reannounced, a Central Indiana family’s home was destroyed by a fire that was started by one of the appliances.
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December 29, 2016 – Tom Wood and his family were playing a game at their kitchen table Tuesday night when they smelled smoke. He went downstairs to investigate and discovered a wall of smoke.
“Smoke just started rolling out and I stuck my head around the corner and I saw flames,” Tom said. “I couldn’t see what was on fire, but I could just see flames.”
He tried to douse the flames with a fire extinguisher as his daughter called 911. By the time firefighters arrived, it was clear where the fire had started.
“That is a dehumidifier,” Tom’s wife Virginia said, pointing to a burned pile of coils and wire on the basement floor. “It caught fire and melted in place.”
The firefighters who responded to the blaze confirmed that the humidifier was one of those being recalled following 450 reports of fires and more than $24 million in property damage.
The recall was first announced in September 2013, updated in October 2013 and expanded in January 2014. Recalled dehumidifiers were sold between January 2005 and August 2013 for $110-$400 at the following retailers: AAFES, HH Gregg, Home Depot, Kmart, Lowe’s, Menards, Mills Fleet Farm, Sam’s Club, Sears, Walmart and other stores in the U.S. and Canada.
The Wood family is grateful it had a fire extinguisher in the house and says if no one had been home, their house might have burned down completely. Even worse, the fire could have started while they were sleeping. “Scary,” Tom said, with tears in his eyes.
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