Blaze Fire Investigation is now know as Anderson Engineering. (updated 6/28/17)
It started out as a beautiful summer day. On this particular day, the home owner decided to take their dog for a walk, open the windows to let some fresh air into the house, and then clean the oven. The oven was part of a Frigidaire brand gas range. Since this range featured a self-cleaning oven option, the owner thought the task at hand would be a breeze.
A self-cleaning oven cleans itself with very high temperatures, which then reduces the soil inside the oven to a fine powdered ash that can be wiped away. The temperature reached during a self-cleaning cycle (900 degrees Fahrenheit) is much higher than normal cooking temperatures which are between 170 to 550 degrees Fahrenheit.
The owner followed the manufacture instructions and started the self-cleaning cycle on her oven. This cycle was set to last three hours. Approximately an hour and a half later the owner was in the living room and started to smell smoke. At the same time the home smoke detector started sounding. The owner followed the smoke smell to the kitchen. Upon entering the kitchen, the owner saw heavy smoke and fire emanating from the left side of their gas range. In a panic she grabbed the phone and called 9-1-1. The fire department arrived quickly and put the fire out. Luckily for the owner, fire damage was limited to the immediate area around the oven.
Blaze Fire Investigation was called out to the scene to examine the gas range and determine the cause of the fire. Our investigators interviewed the homeowner and performed a complete examination of the fire scene. The only ignition source found in the area of fire origin was the Frigidaire brand gas range. The range was collected and examined in a laboratory setting.