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    Default Hot drill bit starts structure fire

    As my family in Alabama says, "Don't that beat all you've ever seen?"

    http://www.firehouse.com/topic/train...wis-house-fire

    Two thoughts:

    1. Got to be the oddest way I've heard of a fire starting.
    2. Good job by the investigators to figure it out.
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    Makes me wonder still if it was an accident or on purpose. Sounds more like on purpose to me.
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    we had a rash of pizza shop fires here. the first two were confirmed arson fires. the last one was the one that threw the intial investigators off. it pointed to an under counter cabinet area in the towel.

    mostly everyone was grumbling and talking of possible arson. but one guys pointed to the towels that were used to soak up olive oil and were just washed and dried. the warm towels (just dried and folded that night of the fire) were in the cabinet and spontanously warmed as in linseed oil and rags.

    more that we looked at it we found that there was just a report that came out prior to the fire by our state fm about such things. didn't know it was that common.

    interestingly all three fires were of the same franchise.
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    Sounds more like DUH to me. Hot metal stick. Plastic lighter. Moral of the story... quit smoking.
    Even the burger-flippers at McDonald's probably have some McWackers.

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    Quote Originally Posted by nmfire View Post
    Sounds more like DUH to me. Hot metal stick. Plastic lighter. Moral of the story... quit smoking.
    Just another reason to go buy the patch, isn't it?
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    we had one that started from a lady who put one of those heat packs with the medal disks in a microwave...
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    Howzabout the one I ran across where a guy stuck a smoke bomb behind the stone veneer on his house in order to smoke out the wasps? House was covered with the old corn-shuck Celotex stuff, and to make stupid stupider, the interior wall was wood paneling.

    Fortunately I was close and got there quick. I had him throw the breaker & bring me a garden hose, then I yanked the paneling and doused the thing.
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    Quote Originally Posted by EastKyFF View Post
    Howzabout the one I ran across where a guy stuck a smoke bomb behind the stone veneer on his house in order to smoke out the wasps? House was covered with the old corn-shuck Celotex stuff, and to make stupid stupider, the interior wall was wood paneling.

    Fortunately I was close and got there quick. I had him throw the breaker & bring me a garden hose, then I yanked the paneling and doused the thing.
    That reminds me of the guy that was using a torch to burn out an old tree stump. The problem was the tree stump was right next to the house when it caught fire. Oops.
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    Quote Originally Posted by RyanEMVFD View Post
    That reminds me of the guy that was using a torch to burn out an old tree stump. The problem was the tree stump was right next to the house when it caught fire. Oops.
    But he got the stump burned!
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    Quote Originally Posted by EastKyFF View Post
    But he got the stump burned!
    Yep and a good size corner of his house.

    Oh job security.
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    I have seen drill bits start fires when drilling through heavy timbers. A dull bit being forced through creates an enormous amount of heat. We put it out with a can after breaking open the wall. But the beam being drilled was badly damaged.

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    We had an auto fire caused when a man drilled into the fuel tank so that he could drain the fuel. He was lucky his burns were mild, the car didn't fare so well. You know what they say, people don't call us when they do something smart.

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    Many years ago in my old hometown in MI a worker at the DPW was working on a truck, either welding or cutting, and hit a gasoline line - with predictable results. He booked out of there, but not before setting off the fire siren - at one time the FD shared the same building and there was still a crank phone for that purpose in the building.

    So the fire siren is wailing, but nobody (including the dispatcher) has any idea why until firefighters headed for the station drove by the DPW garage.
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