According to the Franklin Sun Journal, one of the residents dozed off with the flat screen TV on and was awoken by the fire, which spread to a nearby dresser. Firefighters doused the flames with a fire extinguisher and vented the home with pressure fans. The residents and their two dogs weren't injured and were allowed back in the home after the incident.
How common are TV fires? According to an NFPA report, there were an estimated 1,800 non-confined home structure fires involving entertainment equipment each year from 2003 to 2006. Incidents involving TV sets accounted for the largest share of these fires. Review the report, "Home Fires Involving Entertainment Equipment," for more information.