Faulty Hot Tub Wiring Sparked Wildfire that Killed 4 in California
76,000 Acres burned; 1,955 structures destroyed
August 11, 2016
(CNN) A California wildfire that killed four people and cost nearly $57 million to extinguish was ignited by faulty hot tub wiring at a home, officials said.
The California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection, which goes by Cal Fire, said an investigation pointed to a faulty electrical connection as the cause.
The blaze started when a wire at a poorly connected hot tub overheated, melted and ignited dry brush nearby at a home in Cobb town.
Hot tub was installed without required electrcial permit or inspection
"The ensuing investigation uncovered evidence that a residential electrical connection arced and ignited surrounding dry grass," Cal Fire said Wednesday in an extensive 173-page report.
An electrical engineer later determined that the connection was loose and not up to standards, according to the report.
"I found no records the electrical circuit was installed under the required building permit," deputy chief James Engel said in the report.