December 24th 2011, while getting ready for a Christmas Eve party I was in my bathroom downstairs while my girlfriend was upstairs finishing getting ready in my room. The multi-outlet surge protector was plugged into an outlet in my bedroom upstairs. The wall outlet (top) had a controller (remote on/off switch) receiver plugged in with two Christmas lights in series. While the bottom outlet had the surge protector plugged in with three items plugged in at the time; a plasma TV, the cable box, and my girlfriend’s hair straightener. Typically only the TV and cable box are plugged into the surge protector, the top outlet usually will have one light plugged into the controller receiver. While I was downstairs getting ready I heard my girlfriend call my name, I started heading up the stairs when I heard her call my name again except with more urgency so I ran. By the time I reached the top of the stairs smoke was filling the room and I saw my girlfriend standing over the surge protector while it was on fire. Fire was coming from the open outlets and had actually melted through the bottom. I picked the item up, shaking it and blowing it out, then unplugged the item from the wall. There was still power in the room, the circuit was not broken. My girlfriend said she had the hair straightener plugged in with no issues, when she turned it on the surge protector started crackling and making buzzing sounds as well as sparks being seen inside the unit, spurring her first cry for help. After she tried to unplug the hair straightener the unit caught fire causing her to scream for my help, I then ran up the stairs and put the fire out. The room was filled with black smoke and burn marks were on the wood floor. The surge protector appears fine on top but actually has a hole melted through the bottom. Once I cleaned up the black marks on the floor all that was left were two dime size burn holes in the wooden floor. The hair straightener appears to work although the plug was a little blackened by the fire. The tv and cable box seem to work fine, after I replaced the outlet in the wall and hooked up a new surge protector I plugged both back in and they turned on without issue. The only major damage was the burn marks in the floor, no injuries happened in the incident.