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Old 08-25-2012, 09:44 AM   #1
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What caused your fire

Didn't want to hijack the thread about fire and value, so I start this one. If you have had a fire, please post the cause. I think this would be useful information for all.

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Old 08-25-2012, 10:39 AM   #2
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Yeah, that thread really got me thinking. I've looked into the fire suppression systems mentioned and now just need to get suggestions on installation. I rarely use the furnace, but the water heater and refridgerator has me thinking. The stove and oven are pretty much open flames that are attended. The furnace, water heater and refridgerators all run automatically and are in hidden compartments.

Some of these pictures will get your attention:
Horror Stories

For those with Class A rigs it looks like the normal installation locations are the generator, the engine compartment and the refridgerator compartment.
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It's kinda scary when you think how fast an RV can burst into an inferno.
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Old 08-25-2012, 10:42 AM   #3
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My wife started a fire in me that I cannot extinguish and gets hotter with each passing year.

None in my RV---yet. I'll watch the thread with interest.
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Old 08-25-2012, 10:54 AM   #4
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Transfer Box

We had a small fire in our transfer box. Lots of burning smell but no damage to the rest of the rig. We couldn't track down the smell because we thought it was a neighbors campfire.

I added a smoke detector to the power compartment after that. Now I will know if something is going wrong.
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Old 08-26-2012, 09:19 AM   #5
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My wife started a fire in me that I cannot extinguish and gets hotter with each passing year.

None in my RV---yet. I'll watch the thread with interest.
I also have a fire that burns brightly. Very lucky man..
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We actually had a fire on the inside of one of our inverters, luckily it was the upper half that only contained wiring and the only thing that could burn was the wire insulation.
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Old 08-26-2012, 09:46 AM   #7
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My fire's are started by turning the knob.

But seriously, fire danger is low on my risk management assessment. Just because something CAN, or COULD happen does not mean that the chances of it happening are high enough for it to be high on my worry list.

High on my list is just getting on the road in my 26,000 lb rig. Defensive driving is a constant consideration and fire is not. I do however, inspect, and keep clean areas of fire possibility, and that's called maintenance!

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Norcold Fires & Recalls

Here is a thread dealing with Norcold fridge fires.

Here is a thread on how they tried to protect themselves from them.

Here is a good thread on all types of fire protection.
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The fire in our coach (1997 Fleetwood Discovery) started in the general area of the refrigerator and/or the breaker box/transfer switch area. The coach was fully loaded in prepration for a early departure where we were taking her to West Virgina for a snow skiing trip. It took 13 minutes for the fire department to arrive at our rural location. The time between the first picture and the next one is 13 minutes. I had a neighbor come over to help fight the fire but when I explained there was 100 gallons of diesel fuel tank almost directly below the fire, and even worst a 60 gallon propane tank right there he still tried to drag a hose to it. Then one of the tires blew sending chunks of flaming burning rubber 75 feet to strike the house, he dropped the hose. Shortly after that the propane tank blew the valve sending a flame of fire 53 feet scorching the lawn, he bugged out saying that thing is ready to blow!
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Wow, thanks for sharing. 1st photo looks like the refer area is fully engulfed. I assume you were running the refrig on LP gas in preparation for the trip.
I think I’ll add a few more smoke detectors – one in the refrig heat exchange area.
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Lost my Ford van to a fire in 97-98, about then, it is believed the fuel line separated/broke squirting gas on the engine. Happened after dropping the kids at school, in the home driveway, luckily no children were present and the fire was contained to the van.

A good portion of the home was destroyed by fire in the Northridge Earthquake 1994. Fire inspectors pegged it as electrical shorting when the second story compressed. No one injured, only property damage. House was redtagged and has since been completely rebuilt.

And yes, my fire also burns strongly in my heart for my loving wife. We just celebrated our 44th anniversary.

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Refer was on 120 volt.

Picture was what was left after the fire was out.

I want to stress how fast the fire spread and how everyone should get out and get away. Do not go back in for anything. Look how dense the smoke is inside. At work I was trained to never try to fight a fire myself, but to get everyone out, take a head count while calling in the professionals. When the propane tank let loose it confirmed that fact. Had my neighbor advanced to "fight the fire" he would have been standing right where the flame shot out.
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A friend of mine lost his MH by having his driver side screen open and an ember from his campfire lit the curtain. It was obviously a windy evening. His MH was engulfed in minutes and burned completely.
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It's kinda scary when you think how fast an RV can burst into an inferno.
Considering it's mostly fiberglass, gel coat, epoxy and low density wood, it's basically a huge match stick!
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