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KHQ EXCLUSIVE: E-Cig Battery Explodes And Starts Fire In Coeur d'Alene

It was a scary night for a north Idaho family recently as they woke up to find their home on fire. After an investigation, fire officials determined it was caused by a device that is becoming more and more popular.

Jason Burns has lived in his Coeur d'Alene home with his parents and son for the last four years, but Sunday night however, is one they'll never forget.

A smoke alarm alerted Jason and his family to a fire in their living room. They were able to get out of the home and his father was able to knock down the fire with a fire extinguisher.

Luckily, everyone was safe and the smoke and fire damage was limited to the living room.

When Kootenai County firefighters arrived they began the overhaul process and the investigation into what started the fire. Initially, the were unable to find the source. Finally investigators focused on an electronic cigarette that was plugged into a laptop on a coffee table in the living room.

Kootenai County Fire Marshal Jeryl Archer has been a firefighter for over 20 years and he says he's never seen an e-cigarette explode and start a fire. After doing some research however, he learned with the popularity of the electronic cigarettes growing, so are the number of incidents along with them.

Archer says smokers that use e-cigarettes need to remember to use manufacturer suggested chargers and adapters and to unplug them when they're fully charged.

Jason tells us he plans on unplugging not only his electronic cigarettes but also anything else in his house with batteries when he goes to bed now.

Fire Marshal Archer also says this is a great reminder of the importance of working smoke detectors, because in this case it probably saved lives.

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