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Tony Hsieh, the billionaire brains behind Zappos, LinkExchange and others, was famous for living in an Airstream trailer with his alpacas, amidst tiny homes in a Las Vegas trailer park. One might consider a travel trailer to be a dangerous form of shelter for a billionaire for security and other reasons. Unfortunately, however, Hsieh recently left his trailer and headed East to visit and stay with family in their conventional Connecticut house. That house was where he suffered the worst possible home-related injury.

Reports say Hsieh was injured in a house fire in New London, Connecticut, on November 18, before succumbing on Friday [November 27]. The story of what happened is still developing; local news reports said fire officials called it an "active investigation.

It has been reported that he was visiting family for Thanksgiving, and he became trapped in the basement during the fire.

We all should remember Tony Hsieh by looking around us for fire risks and to identify a means of escape in the event of unexpected conflagration. No matter what shelter you occupy, it would be wise to remember that the Holidays often signal an increase in house fires.

Plumbing problems tend to make themselves obvious when water begins to flow where it should not be. However, electrical problems may not become evident until a short circuit, spark, or overheating problem produces smoke and/or fire.

Every few years, it makes sense to have a licensed electrician inspect one's fuse box, outlets, and switches for risks. Likewise, furnaces and fireplaces should be inspected and/or cleaned or maintained from time to time.

RIP, Tony, age 46.
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