Today in fire history: TV set starts fire in Orlando South Travel Lodge

Blog Post created by paulalevesque Employee on Jan 9, 2015

In the early Morning of January 9, 1974, fire originated in a TV set at the Orlando South Travel Lodge in Pine Castle, Florida.  The occupant of the second-floor room of origin narrowly escaped death of serious injury.  This fire was the latest in a series of 20 malfunctions in TV sets at this motel in the past year; 18 had occurred in the preceding eight months.  The malfunctions ranged in severity from minor electrical arcing to smoking of sets to open burning with spread to other items in the room.

NFPA members Download this July 1974 Fire Journal article  For NFPA statistical report on Electrical Fires