GE Spectra oven fire
A month or so ago, my daughter was cooking something in the oven (which we've had no problems with until now) when I smelled something and saw a spark in the oven. Like some of the other people mentioned, I tried to douse it, not with water, but with baking soda, which did no good.
I called a neighbor since my husband was out of town and asked him to come before the house caught on fire. I literally stood there and watched it like one of those old episodes on TV, where they lit a fuse to light dynamite on fire; by the time my neighbor got to our house, the fire had finished traveling 3/4 of the length of the heating element. I never thought to turn off the electricity, I was too rattled.
I'm going to try to replace the part (we've been grilling ever since, as it is summer, after all) and see if we can get it working again. But from everything I've read here, there should have been a recall on this oven a long, long time ago.