Aug 11, 2016

Faulty hot tub wiring sparked $57M wildfire in California

Middletown, CA
USA
by
Faith Karimi
,
CNN
What it looks like when a wildfire rips through town. Photo: CNN
What it looks like when a wildfire rips through town. Photo: CNN

A California wildfire that killed four people and cost nearly $57 million to extinguish was ignited by faulty hot tub wiring at a home, officials said.

The so-called Valley Fire raged in Napa and Sonoma counties near San Francisco in September last year.

    In addition to the fatalities, including an elderly woman who couldn't get out of her house, four firefighters suffered serious burns that required extensive treatment