Fire that killed Zappos founder Tony Hsieh possibly caused by ‘carelessness,’ ‘intentional act’: 官员

Fire that killed Zappos founder Tony Hsieh possibly caused by 'carelessness,' 'intentional act': 官员

康乃狄克州investigators have released several hypotheses in connection with the New London fire that killed Zappos founder Tony Hsieh late last year and are considering whether the 火焰 was caused by the potential misuse of candles, careless disposal of smoking materials or even whetheran intentional act by Hsiehwas to blame.

The 19-page incident report released by the New London Fire Department on Tuesday details how several people, including Tony Hsieh and his brother Andrew, were staying at the home on Pequot Avenue when the fire broke out shortly before 3:30 上午. 11月. 18, 2020. Everyone except Tony Hsieh was able to escape.

Hsieh wastrappedin the pool room, 该报告指出, by shed doors that werelocked with a single keypad deadbolt style lockset.

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Hsieh and the group were scheduled to leave for Hawaii shortly after the fire ignited and a limousine had arrived to take them to the airport at approximately 3:20 上午, according to a timeline provided by the fire department.

Zappos.com CEO Tony Hsieh judges contestants during the fourth annual Las Vegas Halloween Parade on Oct. 31, 2013, 在拉斯维加斯, 内华达州. (伊桑·米勒/盖蒂图片社)

Zappos.com CEO Tony Hsieh judges contestants during the fourth annual Las Vegas Halloween Parade on Oct. 31, 2013, 在拉斯维加斯, 内华达州. (伊桑·米勒/盖蒂图片社)

谢, 46, had been staying in the shed-like room after he and the homeowner and his rumored girlfriend, Rachael Brown, had an argument at roughly 11:30 下午. the night before. She asked him to leave the property until they departed for Maui, and Hsieh relocated to the pool room.

It took six minutes from the first firetruck to arrive on scene for responders to get to Hsieh, the report notes. When firefighters found him, he wasin a supine position on a blanketinside the shed.

谢 “was located with his left side on the blanket and his right side slightly raised with his right arm across his chest,” the report describes. “Hsieh was facing toward the two doors that were forced open by the firefighters.

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A sketch released by the fire department shows the flames ignited between Hsieh and his only apparent exit. Candles, a marijuana pipe and cigarettes were found at the scene, 根据报告.

His death was deemed accidental and caused by complications from smoke inhalation, officials previously said.

A New London Fire Department sketch shows the approximate location of Tony Hsieh's body at the time of the fire. (New London Fire Department)

A New London Fire Department sketch shows the approximate location of Tony Hsieh’s body at the time of the fire. (New London Fire Department)

Authorities 据说 do not believe there was criminality involved but said the cause of the fire is so far undetermined. Investigators identified four possible hypotheses, including that themisuse of candles started this fire,” 该报告指出.

Several candles were found in and around the area of fire origin,” the report explains. It notes that one of the other people staying at the house said he checked on Hsieh around 1 上午. and sawcandles burning and that one of the candles’ started a fire on a portion of a blanket.

The report adds: “The fact that there were candles located in the area of fire origin and the fact that approximately two hours before the fire occurred an accidental fire occurred in a blanket … improper use of candles could not be eliminated as a cause of this fire.

A second of the four hypotheses describes how the fire could have possibly been started bycarelessness or even an intentional act by Hsieh,” 该报告指出.

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Investigators discovered a burned plastic bag with singed Post-it notes inside it near the fire area, as well as a gray basket that also contained burned paper.

Both discoveries, 报告说, 是 “indicative of a fire setting pattern that could have caused this fire.

The fire department also said it foundphysical evidence to theorize that Hsieh could have been impaired or intoxicated at the time of the fire.

根据报告, authorities discoveredseveral Whip-It brand nitrous oxide chargers and whipping cream dispenser, a marijuana pipe, and Fernet Branca liqueur bottles.

Intoxication can affect an individual’s ability to recognize and react to the hazards presented by the fire,” the report explains.

Investigators also say the fire could have started when a propane heatercame into direct contact or into proximity of the heating elements with the nearby combustibles resulting in the fire.The heater was placed on or near a pile of storage near the door andwas located in an area of the most thermal damage and mass loss of material,” the report explains.

This thermal damage and mass loss of material is a result of a fire that occurred in the area near/under the propane tank,” the report continues. “The fire heated the propane tank to a point when the relief valve operated as design to [relieve] the pressure in the tank. This resulted in the propane gas flowing from the tank and coming into contact with the open flame.

The report also said one of the two heating elements had been broken or removed and the assemblywas no longer attached to the carrying handle and was in a horizontal position with the heating element lying on the carrying handle.

It describes how there is alow percentage of possibilitythat the fire ignited this way but said the possibility could not be eliminated.

Another hypothesis was that the fire was caused bycarelessly discarded smoking material (either cigarettes or marijuana).”

Investigators reported findingseveral discarded cigarettesin the area, in addition to the marijuana pipe. But the report also describes how there is alow percentage of possibilitythat the fire started this way.

A spokesperson for Hsieh’s family said they would not commentas they continue to grieve.

The spokesperson added: “Right now and for the foreseeable future, they’re focused on their work to continue Tony’s legacy.

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