After fifth house fire, Cary firefighters warn residents of hazardous surge protectors

  • Source: WRAL-TV CBS 5 Raleigh
  • Published: 01/08/2019 08:03 AM

Investigators have determined that a house fire in December was linked to a faulty surge protector. According to Tuesday's statement from the Cary Fire Department, the Dec. 28 fire is at least the fifth in Cary to be connected to a specific kind of surge protector, which is often installed with heating and air conditioners by contractors. The affected surge protectors are identified as Type 2 surge protectors and are labeled Supco Model SCM150, and Sycom Model SYC-120/240-T2. Both are manufactured by Sycom Surge, Inc. According to Cary officials, these models are deemed potentially hazardous by UL, a global safety consulting and certification company. Homeowners are asked to spread the word and check their surge protectors. In the most recent fire, investigators determined that a Supco surge protector on the home's A/C unit caught fire, scorching the side of the home.


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