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Tiki Paradise in your Backyard Islander Tiki Torch Trusted by million handcrafted design brown stained pole with brown color basket and a clear plastic liquid holder with a black screw on top containing a fiberglass wick made to last longer according to labeling. Label say's The one and only the original since 1957.Bar code id 8686101085. Copyrighted 2007 Lamplight Farms, Inc. Clear Vu trade mark of Lamplight Farms located in Menomonee Falls, WI 53051
Made in China "GO Figure"
Fuel, Lighters and Fireworks
Fuels, Gas & Oils
Fuel-burning Lighting Equipment (4060)
Lamplight, Inc    
TIKI clear Vu
Islander Tiki torch with clear vu
none
8686101085
 
 
true Value hardware store
Unspecified
We purchased ten Islander Tiki brand torches at a local true value hardware store, during an end of season sale late last year. Two of these torches, caught fire July 5, 2011. The fire melted both the plastic container and the holding basket, which mounts atop a wooden pole. We used Tike brand citronella liquid as recommended by the manufacturer.

The description of our purchase included a 4 to 5 ft. pole with a woven basket mounted atop it, a plastic holding container and a screw on metal lid that contains a fiberglass wick. The label claim stated "Paradise in Your Backyard" and "Trusted by Millions?"

My husband and I stepped into our house, for a period of not more than 6-10 minutes, to make a sandwich and grab some refreshment to bring back outside with us. The torches were located along an 80 ft. long versa block retaining wall. Suddenly, through a window, we saw smoke billowing.
We ran outside as quickly as possible and saw 2 - 3 ft. high flames.

The ground around the torches was ablaze; a complete melt down occurred. The plastic bottled was 100% melted as was the woven basket mounted atop the pole. Poof Gone!!!! The ground saturated with flaming liquid from the torches. My husband received a minor burn attempting to smother the flames with a towel. I ran for a garden hose somewhere in the process I received a minor cut on my hand. In this brief period, the fire spread rapidly roughly a span of 4 - 5ft. and began to singe my shrubbery. The citronella liquid acted as a catalyst when absorbed in the ground below.

Furthermore, it caused damage to our retaining walls 120v electrical supply, which also caught fire. The conduit and inner wiring melted along with the entire GFI box and outlet. The melt down was so severe the receptacle fell out completely. The damage sustained to the electrical conduit is 2 ft. in length above the ground; however, we do not know the extent of the underground damage to the conduit and wiring. Currently the circuit breakers are cutoff to avoid any electrical shock. In additionally, a low voltage lighting system has also damaged in the incident. We have an electrician coming over to provide an estimate for the damages sustained due to the poor design of these Tiki Brand Torches, made in China, for Lamplight Farms, Inc.

Prior to the fire, my back yard was a paradise of lovely plantings and a pond containing a double waterfall. Now my pond does not work due to loss of electric within the retaining wall. Would you call this Paradise?
7/5/2011
Home/Apartment/Condominium 
Injury→Injury, No First Aid or Medical Attention Received
My Spouse
Male
60 years

Injury→Injury, Level of care not known
Unspecified
Female
Unspecified
Yes
No
No
Tried to but they were closed will be calling tomorrow
No
N/A
Comment from Lamplight, Inc 7/27/2011
Lamplight Farms, Inc. verifies that it has reviewed the report; and it verifies that its comment related to the report and that the information contained in the comment is true and accurate to the best of the company’s knowledge, information and belief. Lamplight requests that CPSC publish the following comment in the CPSC Publicly Available Consumer Product Safety Information Database, and it consents to such publication of this comment in the Database.
As indicated in the report, the consumer has been in contact with Lamplight Farms. After investigation, Lamplight has determined that the TIKI ® brand Islander torches involved in the reported incident were being used with flameguards that were part of a 2009 CPSC recall (release #09-349) as the flameguards are marked with the “RC” product code. Flameguards produced with the “RC” product code were only sold with replacement Clear-Vu® torch fuel containers, not Clear-Vu® containers that came inside torches. The #1085 Islander torches were not produced by the same supplier that manufactured the recalled flameguards.
Lamplight Farms responded quickly to the consumers concerns and has resolved the reported issue with the consumer at this time. Lamplight believes that the 2009 recall of Clear-Vu® torch fuel containers has been effective and encourages any consumer that believes they have one of these products to contact Lamplight Farms at 866-671-7988.

CPSC does not guarantee the accuracy, completeness, or adequacy of the contents of the Publicly Available Consumer Product Safety Information Database on SaferProducts.gov, particularly with respect to information submitted by people outside of CPSC.