Self-cleaning oven starts fire, Nipomo home destroyed

January 8, 2024


A self-cleaning oven is the suspected cause of a house fire in Nipomo on Monday afternoon. The blaze destroyed the home.

Shortly after 1 p.m., a resident of the home on the 800 block of Alejandro Way reported the fire. About a half hour earlier, the resident turned on the self-cleaning oven cycle and went outside.

She then noticed heavy smoke pouring from the home.

Shortly before 2 p.m., firefighters contained the blaze. CalFire is investigating the cause of the fire, which they believe started in the kitchen.


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I think there is a limit on how much crud can be in the oven when doing that self-clean option. Could the oven be overloaded with crud and just caught fire?

After just reading an online tutorial about self cleaning oven feature, I learned that the door locks and oven temp can reach 1000 degrees F! Clean cycle runs for up to 4 hours and basically converts crumbs and grease into ash. Dang, what appliance marketing genius came up with that? I’ll stick with harsh, potentially carcinogenic, chemicals to clean my oven – thank you.