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    Default X-Mas tree fires

    Has anyone had any fires caused by real x-mas trees?
    My dept: None-yet.
    Just curious.

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    Some gang bangers lit up some trees on their side walk on the east side of town on Christmas Eve if that counts- Gave a working fire response to it becuase it was called in as a "christmas tree on fire." 1st due engine got there and held everyone up....
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    My dept has not had any for awhile although a good friend of mines mothers house burned down a few years back because the cats knocked the tree over onto a lit stovetop while they were cooking. Why the tree was so close to the stove god only knows.

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    Reminds me of a story... Nick Brunacini's first fire.

    http://bshifter.com/blogs/staring_in...tmas-tree.aspx

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    company near me had a 2 alarm job thanks to an artificial tree:

    http://www.centredaily.com/news/loca...y/1694858.html

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    Quote Originally Posted by ltkeith25 View Post
    Has anyone had any fires caused by real x-mas trees?
    My dept: None-yet.
    Just curious.
    Oh sure.

    The Chief at the time came on scene. Noone home, small cottage, neighbors thought there was a fire in the Living room.

    He gets on scene, "Nothing showing"... Opens the front door... whoosh!

    Tree flames up and a did a nice job on the living room!

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    Quote Originally Posted by ChiefKN View Post
    Oh sure.

    The Chief at the time came on scene. Noone home, small cottage, neighbors thought there was a fire in the Living room.

    He gets on scene, "Nothing showing"... Opens the front door... whoosh!

    Tree flames up and a did a nice job on the living room!

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    None this year.

    Had one three years ago with my current department. Extended to one other room.

    Have had probably 2 or 3 total in my career.

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    Had a tree cause a fire about 5 years ago. Folks had left Christmas Eve to go to another familys house and forgot to water the tree. Completely destroyed the home. A FD in our county had a structure last night, heard radio traffic about fire showing in the living room. Makes one wonder??

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    Quote Originally Posted by FiremanLyman View Post
    Reminds me of a story... Nick Brunacini's first fire.

    http://bshifter.com/blogs/staring_in...tmas-tree.aspx
    How come I have not seen this before??

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    The last one that we had was 3 or 4 years ago. The family had left the lights on and shopping. They got home and saw smoke coming out the front door.

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