This just in. Story here. Thankfully no injuries. Rope Lighting, both the incandescent and LED varieties, can get incredibly hot, especially when not strung out in a line. I once came upon a mass of melted, Dali-an shaped mess when a 50' string had been coiled and inadvertently energized for several hours. I am not saying that's what happened in this case, but I was prompted to take a look at the packaging from some LED ropelight purchased from my local Home Improvement Center. It does carry an UL Listing, but also includes warnings that the product may get hot, and should be used only when fully extended. Interesting information here: Rope Lights and UL Ratings. 02/10/14: Updated link.