Xbox 360 burns house down
Fire fighters blame console's power brick
An Xbox 360 has allegedly caused over $100,000 (£50,000/€62,000) worth of damage to an US gamer’s house, after the console’s power brick caught fire.
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Firefighters called to the blaze in Little Rock, Arkansas told local reporters that the console’s power brick was the blaze's cause. The console owner's house has been reduced to a near shack-like state following the fire, local TV station THV reports.
Although the gamer wasn’t at home when the fire broke out, a fire department spokesman said the console’s power brick was stored on one side and close to a wall – which he claimed could exacerbate potential fire risks.
The Xbox blaze caused over $100,000 worth of damage.
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Microsoft has already recalled thousands of power bricks worldwide because of worries over a potential fire risk. But the company claims gamers can minimise the risks by unplugging the console and avoiding bending the power brick’s cord.
Microsoft has also previously admitted that the Wireless Racing Wheel has a power-supply flaw that may cause it to overheat and smoke – although no problems have been reported yet.
In 2005, an Anglesey woman was pulled unconscious from her house after succumbing to smoke emitted by a faulty first-generation Xbox, which had been left on standby.
"Microsoft has already recalled thousands of power bricks worldwide because of worries over a potential fire risk. But the company claims gamers can minimise the risks by unplugging the console and avoiding bending the power brick’s cord."
Nope, that was the XBOX and the recall of the power lead
With their shoddy products, M$ are finally able to put people in real danger. How we've longed for this day!
C'mon XBox users, get abusing those power bricks. A few more like this and we'll be able to class-action M$ into oblivion!
and I thought it got hot so I could cook my breakfast whilst gaming!
* Preheat Xbox360 for 1 hour whilst playing favourite game.
* Make a little tray out of tinfoil.
* Place on top of power brick and add a little olive oil.
* Crack open egg and pour contents into foil tray.
* Continue playing game for around 10 minutes.
* Serve up in a butty.