Flamable Carpet Adheasive Blamed for House Fire

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A sub-contractor's mistake is being blamed for starting a house fire in north Lincoln this week.

The fire completely destroyed the home of Carrol and Linda Fountain at 7155 Morrill Avenue.

Fire inspectors say the fire began when a sub-contractor ran out of indoor carpet glue. Instead of buying more indoor glue, the installer used a small amount of outdoor adhesive to finish the job.

That small amount produced a large enough quantity of vapors to ignite when they reached the home's hot water heater.

The sub-contractor was not hurt in the fire and called 911 as he fled the home. The $75,000 home is considered a total loss with $40,000 damage to the contents of the home.