Hello, I am a Forensic Investigator, and I am seeking help solving a case involving a possible (and probable) extension cord failure. This failure caused a fire and very large lawsuite. I need help determining the heat release potential of this extension, given the load on the end of it. Here are the details: The extension cord: 18 AWG / 2 stranded copper conductor cables insulated with SVT. (2 copper conductors no ground and not polarized) The cord was approximinately 25 ft The cord was energized with standard 120 volts AC. The load on the end of the extension cord was 1500 watts. The resistivity of 18 AWG copper is 6.510 Ohms/1000ft *http://www.interfacebus.com/Copper_Wire_AWG_SIze.html* This cord is only rated at 10 amps. It was pulling in the neighbourhood of 12.5 amps, I need to know if this is a capable ignition source for nearby combustibles. Thank you for your time.