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Old 05-24-2012, 08:49 PM   #61
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Ugh. That's devastating. Somehow in life, all these experiences end up being just that, experiences. The sun will again rise tomorrow and life will continue. Here's to you and your family being safe. Hang in there, it'll get better.
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Old 05-24-2012, 09:07 PM   #62
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This is very very true. I wasn't trying to be a hero, but when I pulled up to and ran into the house, I guess I thought I could put it out. I really did. I opened the door from the kitchen to the garage thinking "there is an extinguisher right next to the door". Then the heat hit me square in the face. I slammed the door and thankfully it latched once again creating a solid fire wall. Had it not, the house would be gone and I may not have gotten out. As it is, I only got a good hair cut above my forehead and on my arms. Truly dumb. I went straight to hero mode.!

I'd have done the same thing. Many of us would, it's human nature. And I've been a professional firefighter for thirty years!

Sorry to hear of this tragedy, and see the pic of that poor 950.
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Old 05-24-2012, 09:25 PM   #63
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So this is the last photo of the 950 pre-fire. Taken 3 days prior to the fir on top of Ebbetts Pass. Good bye old girl!

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Old 05-24-2012, 09:47 PM   #64
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Old 05-24-2012, 10:12 PM   #65
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Wow Brent, Sorry to hear about this.

I hope that the family is all OK and that things get better for you soon.
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Old 05-25-2012, 03:59 AM   #66
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Iron man sproket and disc's look ok.

Brent take conciliation it could of been a lot worse, I remember listening to a couple who house burnt to the ground, the biggest loss for them were the memories, photos and keep sakes. Everyone’s OK, car is a new project. Happy Days.
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Old 05-25-2012, 08:25 AM   #67
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Old 05-25-2012, 09:05 AM   #68
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I saw where you said the insurance company only offered 12K on your 45K Mustang. Once you get it fixed, call Hagerty's Insurance and you can name the monetary value of the car (within reason) and insure it for that without hassle. This is how I have my classic insured, and it is reasonable too. You may already know this.

Man that was a hot fire right there at your 950. It has to be pretty hot to just make aluminum disappear like that.
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Old 05-25-2012, 09:22 AM   #69
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WOW!!! Those pictures are amazing!! That had to be one hot fire, I never imagined that a motorcycle could literally melt. As said by all before, I am glad everyone is ok. Keep us posted and let us know if the OC can be of any assistance. Hang in there.
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Old 05-25-2012, 09:54 AM   #70
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Man, those pictures look very sad. I am glad you are alright and the family is safe.

Sorry for the loss and I hope things get better just as soon as they can.


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Everymans worst nightmare seeing his pride of toys in such a state.. Like others have said , it can only mean newer better things.. I hope youve got good insurers..
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Old 05-25-2012, 01:20 PM   #72
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Sorry to hear about your loss's, and glad you and your family are safe. I wish and your family the best of luck at rebuilding your lives and that mustang.
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I really sorry to hear that, I wish you the best of luck to you and your family!!

Take care!!
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Old 05-25-2012, 03:34 PM   #74
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Oh, man, I feel your pain. That sucks so bad, to have lost all of that stuff...and smoke damage is so damned hard to get rid of, on the stuff that survives...damn, that sucks man.

Glad the wife and family is ok.

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The fire started with either the charger or the battery itself, and since our fire I am learning that this is NOT uncommon. So be careful when charging batteries. I will never charge a battery in the garage again. Move the bike, move the battery, whatever. It isn't that hard to do. Lesson learned. just one more story I have heard many times. My dad trained to be a firefighter and I never could understand why he was such a nazi about where he stored flammables, how electrical cords were used, putting fuses on anything he installed on his truck - and also about charging batteries away from other things. Until I heard a story like this one, and then the time I had my own stuff to charge and garage to worry about, I was the nazi my dad was.

When I get a new battery(or charger, or battery tender...), I set it out on a piece of concrete with the charger next to it and let it trickle at the length of the extension cord. If I charge a battery in a vehicle because it is hard to take out, it gets pushed outside on my side patio, locked behind a gate.

I don't even trust small battery chargers in the house anymore! I had a cheap replacement charger for a cel phone that I bought in a hurry at the airport, and I was walking through my kitchen one day and had the phone charging on it on the end of the countertop. I could feel the heat surging from the phone walking by with my arm! I unplugged it immediately, let the charger cool, and chucked it. Junk. I couldn't even touch the phone, and the battery swelled way up like any Li-po battery does when abused by discharge rate or charger abuse. The phone had to be wiped and re-softwared and all that, and I lost a bunch of pictures, but at least it didn't start a fire...

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My house is 40 years old, but when I bought it I put in A/C powered smoke detectors with battery back-up to current code, but they didnt work real well. When my wife left the house in her towel, and I went in, the smoke was about 3-4' thick from the ceiling down but the detectors were silent. I wasnt until perhaps another 3-4 minutes had passed and the smoke was down almost to the floor that I first heard the detectors. Thankfully, that detail didnt matter.
That's shocking! Do you know the name/brand of the detector? If you say they didn't work real well, how did you test them?

So, now the big question: what did insurance cover?

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