House fire believed to have started in a gas hot water cupboard

Energy type: 
Natural gas
 
Event summary: 
The Fire Service advised Energy Safety of a house fire believed to have started in a gas hot water cupboard. The fire spread from the hot water cupboard into the roof space causing the concrete tile roofing to collapse.
 
Accident ID: 
170131-01
 
Accident date: 
30 January 2017
 
Site: 
Domestic
 
Environment: 
Building
 
Voltage: 
1
 
Equipment: 
Water heater storage
 
Accident type: 
Fire and explosion
 
Casualty: 
Non-fatality
 
Injury: 
No injury
 
Property damage level: 
Extended to the site
 
Outcome of investigation: 

The description from the occupants of the property indicates that the source of the fire was in the hot water cupboard, but the damage was too great to determine whether the gas appliance was at fault. The controller may have been leaking, but in similar previous accidents, the cause has been attributed to other factors such as clothing falling onto the gas controller. A definitive conclusion could not be reached on the cause of this event.