This evening a light switch started to smoke in our front hall. The hall light came on by itself, and we noticed a flashing light and smoke coming from the light switch. I killed the downstairs lights fuse.
It may not be linked, but we had the wallpaper in the hall removed today with a steam cleaner and I'm wondering if some water got into the switch and caused a "short"? With wallpaper removed from the wall a potential fire hazard was gone.
Cue - light fuses off.
Cue - check fire alarms (both). Working.
Cue - staying up for a while just to be sure.
Cue - a major sigh of relief. If this happened in an hour or so we would have been fast asleep in bed, and we might have been reading about a house fire in the Celestial Times tomorrow.