Monday, January 27th, 2014

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Burned to Death by a Refrigerator — Strange But True

Courthouse News Service.  A North Carolina man burned to death when his Whirlpool refrigerator overheated to more than 1,000 degrees, his family claims in court.   Mr. Walker bought a Whirlpool refrigerator which had a defective heating element pin in its icemaker, according to the complaint.  A short occurred causing the fridge to overheat to more than 1,000 degrees Fahrenheit.  The appliance began to smoke and activated the smoke alarm in Walker’s home.  When Walker saw smoke coming out of the fridge he opened the freezer door and the rush of oxygen generated a fireball which burned him severely.  He died later that day from his injuries.   The family alleges that major appliances cause about 150,000 house fires each year, resulting in 3,500 injuries, 150 deaths and more than $540 million in property damage.   It is important that product manufacturers be held accountable for such defective products.