(KMOV) – Fire officials confirmed on Wednesday that a laptop is to blame for a blaze that caused significant damage to a west St. Louis County home Tuesday night.
The computer apparently overheated, and the victims that lived in the home say the laptop got too hot and set a bedroom on fire.
The family that lived in the home in the 300 block of Windyoak Drive is now staying at a hotel in Chesterfield because the fire damaged the home so severely.
Michelle Xiao describes the incident as a “bad dream.” Her 15-year-old daughter describes the shocking scene as a laptop gone haywire.
“I was sitting on my bed and I was doing homework and I heard a popping noise and then sparks came from the ground and the computer blackened the carpet and I ran outside and told my mom,” says 15-year-old Connie Shen.
Connie, her mom and her 13-month-old brother got out of the house safely. Fire investigators say they believe the problem may have been the computer’s lithium battery that overheated. They say they’ve never seen a case like this before.
Storing the computer away from carpets and bedding is the best advice in preventing similar situations, officials say.