LONGVIEW, WA (KPTV) - An investigator has determined the cause of a fire that damaged a home in Longview early Wednesday morning.

Just after 2:30 a.m., Longview Fire was called out to a house fire in the 2600 block of Maplewood Drive.

Officials said the homeowners were asleep when they heard a crashing sound and found that the newly installed ceiling fan had crashed to the floor. The homeowners said they could see fire in the attic and called 911.

Once at the scene, firefighters contacted the homeowner who said everyone was out.

Firefighters entered the home and found that a fire had been smoldering in the attic space for quite some time. The blaze was declared under control within 20 minutes.

Officials said the fire had smoldered long enough to burn through the bottom cords of the ceiling joists.

An investigator determined the fire started at the electrical box where the ceiling fan had been installed.

Officials said the family was displaced, but have found short-term housing in their motorhome.

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Just curious

On second thought, I meant to say did the owner or renter put the ceiling fan in, or was the ceiling fan installed by an electrician?

Just curious

Was the ceiling fan self installed?

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