Chemicals in hair dye at root of blaze |

Chemicals in hair dye at root of blaze

Aspen Times StaffAspen, CO Colorado

EL JEBEL A woman and young child received minor injuries Friday morning when used hair-coloring chemicals wrapped in a plastic bag ignited in the bathroom of an El Jebel mobile home, said Basalt Fire Chief Scott Thompson.Basalt Fire-Rescue received a report of an explosion at 9:51 a.m. at 60 James Circle. Firefighters were on the scene, which was across the street from their station, in two minutes.Thompson said the woman filled pots and pans with water from the kitchen sink to extinguish the fire before fleeing the home. She and her three-year-old child received minor burns and suffered smoke inhalation, he said. They were treated at a local hospital and released.Thompson said a language barrier made it difficult to determine what exactly happened. The mother was in the process of cleaning the bathroom when the fire ignited. The child was also in the room. The fire spread into an adjoining bedroom.Six firefighters responded to the scene. They removed a burning mattress and smoldering bedding. The home and personal belongings sustained minor damage, Thompson said.”After speaking with the mother and examining the evidence, the fire was most likely due to a build-up of fumes from hair coloring chemicals confined in the small bathroom without adequate or proper ventilation,” said a press release from the fire department. “The fumes ignited, causing a flash of fire. Investigators found no evidence of an explosion.”The source of ignition hasn’t been determined, Thompson said.The woman dyed her hair the day before and the materials were still in the house. Thompson said people must read and understand all precautions and warnings for storage and handling of products such as hair dye.