How often do you start your dishwasher, laundry, or whatever, and leave to run errands, go to bed or just don't pay attention? I do all the time. We went away for the weekend and I started the dishwasher and we took off. I usually run the dishwasher just before I go to bed.
We got home from a weekend in the RV and after cleaning it out and putting everything away, I ran a load of dishes. I was busy around the house and began to smell as though something plastic had landed on the heating element. Checked and nothing there. Closed door and went back to my tasks.
A few minutes later the smell was getting stronger so I checked again. Nothing. Strange. Closed the door. Thankfully I didn't walk away because smoke began to billow out of the crack of the dishwasher door, and boy did it begin to smell electrical. I opened the door to stop the cycle but water kept spewing from the wands for about 4 seconds. The water finally stopped as I was reaching for the fire extinguisher. The smoke finally stopped but our house smelled so bad - even with fans blowing and doors and windows open!
I know by God's grace we were saved from a full blown electrical fire! I am so thankful for what didn't happen - it didn't happen when we were gone. It didn't happen when we were in bed. It didn't happen to become a fire. Thank you Lord, for again, as always, watching over my home and family.
The next day, we spent 4 hours shopping for a new dishwasher and were able to have it installed the following day.
I do love my modern conveniences.