It's the first report we've seen this season of a Christmas tree fire. NBCMiami.com reports that a Christmas tree in an elementary school in Port Orange, FL, caught fire on Tuesday before classes started. The report says no students were injured, but eight classrooms were displaced by the fire. A school spokesperson is quoted as saying that the fire didn't cause much damage and it did not damage the school's electrical system. Investigators are looking into the cause of the fire.
Christmas tree fires are not common, but when they occur, they are likely to be serious. On average, one of every 66 reported fires that began with a Christmas tree resulted in death. A heat source too close to the Christmas tree started one of every five (18%) of these fires. Download a free copy of NFPA's "Home Christmas Tree and Holiday Light Fires" report. See NFPA's fact sheet for more information and free resources.
Even thought it's early in December, it's a good reminder that Christmas trees need to be watered regularly. This NFPA/UL video demonstrates the flammability of a dry Christmas tree vs. a tree that has been watered regularly.