Napa Firepot Lawsuit

Napa Firepot Lawsuit

Motley Rice is reviewing potential cases involving people who sustained serious and even life-threatening injuries after ceramic gel firepots (also called FireLites, fireburners and gel pots) exploded, splattering them with highly flammable gel fuel and causing second and third degree burns.

If you, a family member or friend have suffered severe burn injuries after a Napa firepot exploded while it was burning, please contact personal injury lawyer Anne McGinness Kearse or Kevin Dean or call 1.800.768.4026.

What is a Firepot?

Within the past several years, outdoor gel candles, most commonly called firepots or firelites, have become popular in outdoor entertaining. Coming in decorative glass or ceramic pots, the citronella gel candles offer a lovely atmosphere while also repelling insects.

Unfortunately, the Consumer Product Safety Commission has received multiple reports since April 2010 of the gel firepots exploding and resulting in property damage and severe injuries that include second and third degree burns. In a report by The New York Times about the alleged dangers of these products, the firepots and gel fuel were described as a "molotov cocktail". On June 22, 2011, the Consumer Product Safety Commission issued a recall of the pourable gel used in the firepots.

Some of the gel candles, including those manufactured and sold to retailers by NAPA Home and Garden and BirdBrain, Inc., are comprised of more than 90% ethyl alcohol, a volatile and highly flammable liquid with vapors denser than that of propane. Some of the reports of severe burns involve people whose skin and clothing were covered with the flammable gel following a firepot explosion, making it difficult to put out the flames and injuring not only the person on fire but also the person trying to extinguish the flames.

The Consumer Product Safety Commission, a resource in product safety monitoring, is currently conducting an investigation into the firepots and fuel. Read their warning to consumers about the dangers of Napa firepots.