I know I bring up fire safety a lot, but it matters. After a year’s investigation, fire officials have determined that the third worst wildfire in California history was caused by a homeowner who installed an outlet incorrectly. The homeowner, A retired painting contractor, said he called an electrician for anything complicated, but did simple work himself. The outlet was not installed to code.
One of the people who died was a woman who uses a wheelchair. Her house burned. She was found in a position indicating that she was attempting to crawl to a place of shelter as the house was burning.
4 people died. 1280 single family homes were destroyed. It cost approximately $56 million to suppress the fire.