Electrical short to blame in Cape Coral house fire

CREATED Dec 19, 2013

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CAPE CORAL, Fla. - Fire investigators have determined a cause for a house fire in Cape Coral that involved a Christmas tree Wednesday night.

Fire Inspector John Mahar says the fire fired was started by an electrical short involving a damaged electrical cord.  That cord led to a Christmas tree which helped spread the fire quickly to furniture.

Firefighters entered the living room with zero visibility and were able to extinguish the fire before spreading through the rest of the home.

The investigation revealed the fire started at a damaged portion of an extension cord used to light up the Christmas tree. The artificial tree along with much of the living room contents was destroyed. Damage was estimated at $200,000 – primarily from heat and smoke damage in the structure and to contents.

The family was not home at the time of the fire and no injuries were reported.