Two alarm fire at Casa Evan Price

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Two alarm fire at Casa Evan Price

Postby evan price » Sun Aug 05, 2018 11:43 am

I have a half dozen old cars I'm keeping to prep for future demolition derby. Yesterday I was putting batteries in them, airing up tires, digging out the wheels, to get them moved to mow where they were parked. It was a long hot process that took most of the afternoon.

Mrs Price took Son out school supply shopping. I then had to head out to take Daughter to meet a friend and drop them at the movies.
Then i took a mower to a customer in Cardington.

Came home to find a two alarm fire on my property. Four engines, tanker, squad, sheriff, brush fire truck.

Neighbor said flames were higher than the barn which is two stories tall. She said they'd seen smoke but thought I was burning rubbish everyone does out where I live.
Then they heard an explosion and saw big fire and smoke.

The opinion of the fire department was that mice had chewed the wiring in one of the cars to the point an electrical short circuit started the fire. I'd left the batteries in the cars while working on them. Then as the car burned the fire jumped to the adjacent cars, and so on.

We don't have hydrants so they were going to set up a tanker shuttle and drop tank to the fire house hydrant two miles away.

They got it extinguished before it spread into the trees and barn. Thank God for that.
We lost four derby cars, my 86 Toyota 4x4, two riding mowers, a garden tiller, some miscellaneous stuff.

Temp was in the 90s with a heat index of 100. They had the squad bring ice water. FD responded from our department and mutual aid in Cardington. It was hot enough it melted the aluminum wheels off of the cars.

Concern of the sheriff was the explosion, which they think was a bursting tire or an air bag now, they were worried I'd been torch cutting and was trapped under a car maybe, since nobody knew where I was.

It could have been worse.
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Re: Two alarm fire at Casa Evan Price

Postby Javelin Man » Sun Aug 05, 2018 12:08 pm

:shock: Ouch!!! Glad all are safe!
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Re: Two alarm fire at Casa Evan Price

Postby kcclark » Sun Aug 05, 2018 1:36 pm

"Brush fire truck" was new to me. I see they can go places regular trucks cannot.

http://deepsouthfiretrucks.com/trucks/shady-grove-fire-department/

Glad to hear your structures were untouched.
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Re: Two alarm fire at Casa Evan Price

Postby Cruiser » Sun Aug 05, 2018 3:56 pm

kcclark wrote:"Brush fire truck" was new to me. I see they can go places regular trucks cannot.

http://deepsouthfiretrucks.com/trucks/shady-grove-fire-department/

Glad to hear your structures were untouched.
Depts. around here have them for farm field fires, happens during harvest season.
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Re: Two alarm fire at Casa Evan Price

Postby AlanM » Sun Aug 05, 2018 4:38 pm

Usually, other than a nearly empty gas tank (more dangerous because of more oxygen available) the real danger of a burning vehicle is the tires exploding.

You would be amazed at the statistics concerning deaths caused by heavy duty truck tires popping over rims during installation / bead seating in truck tire shops.

Passenger tires are just slightly less dangerous.
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Re: Two alarm fire at Casa Evan Price

Postby Sevens » Sun Aug 05, 2018 10:52 pm

Extremely happy that the barn escaped injury and it was nowhere near the house and nobody nor any animals were harmed. Must have been some situation to brief the wife on upon her return.

Sometimes people freak out or think I'm lying when I tell them that I have had six fires. :shock: It's the truth. Only one produced an injury... only four required emergency response... only five required insurance recompense. Only two were absolutely my fault, although we could argue three as I take responsibility for three.

The most recent one was more than a decade ago, I am DONE having them, and I sincerely hope the same for you, Evan.
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Re: Two alarm fire at Casa Evan Price

Postby evan price » Mon Aug 06, 2018 6:13 am

AlanM wrote:Usually, other than a nearly empty gas tank (more dangerous because of more oxygen available) the real danger of a burning vehicle is the tires exploding.

You would be amazed at the statistics concerning deaths caused by heavy duty truck tires popping over rims during installation / bead seating in truck tire shops.

Passenger tires are just slightly less dangerous.

I worked as a tire tech once upon a time and still own my own tire machine. Compressed air is no joke, and multi piece rims can kill you dead if you don't service then right.
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