- Department of Fire Services
Media Contact for Andover House Fire Electrical
Jennifer Mieth, Public Information Officer
ANDOVER — Andover Fire Chief Michael B. Mansfield and State Fire Marshal Peter J. Ostroskey said the cause of the July 8, 2020 fire at 26 Vine Street in Andover was electrical. The fire caused an estimated $350,000 in damage to the single-family home. It is a total loss. There were no injuries.
The fire originated in a breezeway where a window air conditioner was plugged into a 4-way extension cord. Propane tanks stored in the area fueled the fire.
Members of the Andover Fire and Police Departments and State Police assigned to the Office of the State Fire Marshal jointly investigated the fire.
Chief Mansfield said, “We are entering a very hot and humid stretch of weather. It is critically important that air conditioners be plugged directly into a wall outlet that is designed to carry the heavy electrical load. Do not plug air conditioners into power strips or extension cords.”
“In 2018, Massachusetts fire departments responded to 749 electrical fires that caused 10 civilian deaths, 101 fire service injuries and an estimated $45.2 million in property damage. Electrical fires were the second leading cause of fire deaths after smoking,” said State Fire Marshal Ostroskey.