We had a fire in our house, in our kids' room. It happened a few weekends ago. No one got hurt, the damage was mostly from smoke, and I really don't want to talk about it in any more detail. But here's what you need to know--the culprit:
...and here's the scoop on the exact model. Basically each time these SMC oscillating fans oscillate they get a step closer to shorting out the cord which comes up through the stand. So if you have one of these, you may want to replace it with something newer.