- Department of Fire Services
Media Contact for Andover House Fire Electrical
Jennifer Mieth, Public Information Officer
ANDOVER — Andover Fire Chief Michael Mansfield and State Fire Marshal Peter J. Ostroskey announced that the March 22, 2021 fire at 14 Sunset Rock Road in Andover was electrical.
The fire originated in the attic where there were two electrical circuits. One powered electricity inside the house and one powered an extension cord that connected to a roof heating system to prevent ice dams. Investigators determined the fire was accidental and a result of an unspecified electrical event.
Chief Mansfield said, “All heat generating appliances such as space heaters, toasters, and roof heating systems need to be plugged directly into a wall outlet designed to support them. Extension cords are easily overloaded and don’t have the protection of circuit breakers.”
He added, “Roof heating systems are safe when used properly, but should not be left on continuously. Turn them on only when needed, then shut them off. Just like you wouldn’t leave your space heater running all the time.”
Members of the Andover Fire and Police Departments and State Police assigned to the Office of the State Fire Marshal jointly investigated the fire.