The following text below is an excerpt from a story posted by Joshua Hart, Director StopSmartMeters.Org in the United States.
“Details have come to light of a man killed by a Pacific Gas and Electric (PG&E) Smart Meter that caught fire in Vacaville, CA on July 9th, 2010. Larry Nikkel of 230 Arbor St. died from a suspicious electrical fire that consumed his home the day after Wellington Energy, contractors for PG&E, installed a Landis & Gyr “smart” electric meter. A wrongful death suit lawsuit filed by the family against the utility, subcontractor, and meter manufacturer has now been settled for an undisclosed sum.
The circumstances surrounding Mr. Nikkel’s death add a grave and tragic chapter to the growing human cost of the ‘smart grid.’
The full story can be found at When Smart Meters Kill
There have been a number of house fires in Victoria that have also been linked to smart meters although power companies deny that smart meters were the cause and are quick to blame sabotage, faulty wiring or “suspected power surges”.