This Saturday, a Linky meter, installed in a Loiret pavilion, exploded, resulting in a fire that did not hurt, the police said Sunday to a correspondent from Agence France-Presse. "It is the explosion of the meter that caused the fire," assured the police station of Châlette-sur-Loing (Loiret), where the accident took place at the end of the afternoon on Saturday, confirming an information from the Central Republic.
The fire did not hurt, but it damaged the pavilion, occupied by a retired couple, seriously and was moved to his son. An investigation has been opened. The man stood in front of his computer when a power outage occurred. "Of course I got up to serve the switch," he told Agence France-Presse's correspondent. "At that moment I heard fainting and the Linky electric meter, installed for only fourteen days, exploded and caught fire."
The origin of the fire remains unknown
Within a few seconds the corridor burned and the flames quickly spread up and down the stairs and up and down to the roof. Firefighters traveled to the site with a breathing air compression cell and quickly managed to keep the fire under control. They also found the intact furniture and some personal belongings of the couple that the neighbors had agreed to store in their garage.
In a statement to Agence France-Presse, Enedis, the company responsible for the installation of the Linky meters, said that he understood "the emotion of the family" and stated that his teams "immediately go to fire brigade." An electricity meter can not spontaneously explode or catch fire, "assured the group." To date, there is nothing to determine the cause of the fire. As with all domestic fires, independent expertise will be conducted to determine the specific causes of this event. "
"Maybe it's the breaker"
Previously, interviewed by the Agence France-Presse, a duty officer at Enedis Center-Val de Loire had said that he was awaiting the results of the investigation. "Maybe it was the breaker of the billboard that caught fire and not the meter itself," he said. "The meters have been tested in the laboratory and they do not explode, there is no breathing", added this framework and stated that only "2% of the fires of electrical origin in France are due to counting tables, a figure that has been has not changed. "
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Installed at a rate of 30,000 per day, green aniseries now equip 11 million households. The legislator requires that Enedis, a subsidiary of EDF, covers the area, ie approximately 35 million meters in 2021. To date, 91,000 Linky meters have been installed in Loiret.