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04-26-2010 10:21 PM  8 years agoPost 1
fire_boy92rrApprentice - houston TX - My Posts: All  Forum  Topic

The homeowner here belives his home caught fire due to his charging Lipo.

He got in a hurry and left the house with a lipo charging on his bench. He also owned a lipo sack and usually uses them but not this time. This just goes to show you that it can happen to anyone at anytime. I admit I get a little careless sometimes when charging my lipos. This was a good example for me and will make me be extra careful. It only takes once to loose so much. The story is linked below. btw this guy was a plank guy ... he was an older man and there were some very old models in the house. You could tell there were many he had handbuilt over the span of his days in the hobby, some 10' + wingspan. I would estimate 60+ very nice planes were lost in the garage and workroom area. It was sad to see it all go but im glad we were able to stop the fire as well as we did. The damage was contained to the garage/workroom, bedroom above the garage and attic/roof, and all of this was on fire already when we showed up.

http://montgomerytx.countymonitor.c...re-pet-rescued/

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04-26-2010 10:29 PM  8 years agoPost 2
zaw

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I'm interested in What Charger / Battery involved.

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04-26-2010 10:33 PM  8 years agoPost 3
jackheli

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Well done Fire_Boy. Kudos to you for your brave service.

It's easy to find an excuse to do wrong. Hard is not to find an excuse to do right.

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04-26-2010 10:35 PM  8 years agoPost 4
JEEPWORLD2002

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ouch
What a sad lose, that could have been prevented. Just a matter of time before the home owners insu co's are gonna make u sign a lipo rider/waiver. $$$ such a waste, glad his pets are safe

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04-26-2010 10:36 PM  8 years agoPost 5
fire_boy92

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Thanks Jack....
Zaw ... I have no clue what battery/charger were involved. I didnt really ask too many questions. All I know is he told me He has never had a problem before, he usually uses lipo sacks and stays home while they charge. He got in a hurry and had to leave and forgot that it was charging. This is still not the 100% sure cause of the fire but the homeowner feels it is and the fire appeared to me to originate from that area so it is likely.

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04-26-2010 10:43 PM  8 years agoPost 6
gologo

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+1 on the good job!! looks like you guys knocked it down fast. Very
sad about all those planes and All those countless hours he spent on
them probably, over the years. But glad of course, that everybody came
out alright.

Yet another wake-up call on the potential of these packs, and to stay
right w. them when charging.

Which one are you, or are you in the video? Great job!

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04-26-2010 11:36 PM  8 years agoPost 7
Torkroll

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Leaving the batteries unattended is a no-no.

Watch those batteries when they are charging.
Use the lipo sack.
Get rid of the oily rags that you have in your garage. They can spontaneously burst into flames!

Ask a fireman.

Take care with gas cans, and hot water heaters (pilot light), and such in the garage.

You can learn a lot from your fire dept.

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04-26-2010 11:59 PM  8 years agoPost 8
USAF Retired

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What a Shame, sorry for your loss...Praise the Lord nobody got injured! Great Job by the Emergency Team!

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04-27-2010 06:14 AM  8 years agoPost 9
fire_boy92

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Im in the video here and there.. best place to notice me is in the window breaking out glass and then reaching up to the spot fire in the roof to clear the way to get some water on it.

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04-27-2010 06:55 AM  8 years agoPost 10
OICU812

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No disrespect but at this time it is not "known" if it was his charger, lipos etc, so that is not known information. Perhaps he could have been charging, perhaps his cat or dog could have taken a bite of one, who friken knows. All I know is it sucks to lose all those pictures and memories outside of the rc stuff and glad none of his family was hurt. You don't have to be a fireman to have common sense IMO but common sense is not always common, we all make mistakes it just sucks when they are that big....

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04-27-2010 01:11 PM  8 years agoPost 11
TachyonDriver

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Just a post saying thanks to you and your colleagues all over the world fire_boy!

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04-27-2010 03:00 PM  8 years agoPost 12
itsjojo

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North East Pennnsylvania

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My heart goes out to this guy. I have wanted to leave my packs charging a few times while I steped out and didn't . Forgot once and came home to see my packs sitting there fine. Every time I hear of something like this I become more conservative. This will probably make me change my ways too.
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04-27-2010 03:55 PM  8 years agoPost 13
Justin Stuart (RIP)

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One more reminder to be careful (and not careless) when charging you lipos.

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04-27-2010 06:43 PM  8 years agoPost 14
Carey

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Allentown USA

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Yeah, I don't mess around with my Lipos. Might have in the past but all these threads serve as a great reminder to treat them with the respect they deserve.

I charge outside away from my home when I have the chance, if it's inside, I am in the room with them as they charge. Period. End of story.

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04-28-2010 01:54 AM  8 years agoPost 15
rcjon

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Won't mention any names or location, but I know a R/C pilot and fireman who almost burned down the fire station.

Ask your doctor if your heart is healthy enough for Radio Control Helicoptering.

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04-28-2010 03:07 AM  8 years agoPost 16
fire_boy92

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houston TX

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thanks tachyon,

rcjon... I have charged plenty of lipos in the station, luckily never with any incident. I could only imagine burning down the station, Thats something I would never hear the end of for the rest of my career! lol.

OICU.... You are correct, it may just be a coincidence that his lipos were charging. A lot of times we never get to know the exact cause. Once we are done our county fire marshall takes over for the investigation and a lot of times we never hear the results. The homeowner just said it was his gut feeling it was the batts. Either way just a good reminder of what could happpen.

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04-28-2010 02:03 PM  8 years agoPost 17
darkfa8

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Brick, NJ - USA

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after the pet-lipo stories and burnt holes in the floor, crisped up cars and houses I went on ebay and found the EXACT same lipo bags as the domestic shops are carrying for a good price... I paid $9.xx for a pair of the 23cm x 30cm shipped from Hong Kong using 8%-off Bing cashback.

If they turn out ok, I may order another pair and that should cover all of my current packs and then some.

Also going to look for a larger ammo can at one of the local army/navy surplus stores since the one I have is a little smallish.

I live in an apartment, have a cat and can't afford to have a lipo destroy everything - just not worth it.

I always charge them while I'm home and in the room and I store them in the ammo can.

- Dan Goldstein
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