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Electrical Fire Causes $300K Damage at Australia Bank

July 15, 2014 Leave a comment

Tasmania, Australia – Authorities are investigating the latest in a series of structure fires across the North in the past week, with a Commonwealth Bank fire causing an estimated $300,000 damage.

The fire, in the Elphin Road branch at Newstead, was reported about 11.55pm on Tuesday.

Firefighters contained the blaze to the main office area in the rear section of the building.

They removed roofing iron to prevent the fire from spreading.

The building sustained extensive smoke and heat damage.

North and North-West regional fire investigator Adrian Adams, of the Tasmania Fire Service, said authorities were considering the possibility that an electrical fault had started the fire.

He said there was an electrical appliance within the vicinity of the fire.

Mr Adams said he was waiting to receive CCTV footage, while TechSafe electrical inspectors were still investigating.

Detective Acting Inspector Jonathan Higgins said police were not investigating the bank fire, but were treating the second fire in five days at a South Launceston house as suspicious.

Commonwealth Bank acting regional Tasmanian general manager Lisa Maher apologised to customers for any inconvenience caused by the Newstead fire.

She advised people to use Commonwealth Bank branches in the Launceston central business district, Kings Meadows and Mowbray in the meantime.

Story Via: www.examiner.com

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Texas: Two-Alarm Blaze From Electrical Issues

February 6, 2014 Leave a comment

Harris County, TX: Firefighters determined electrical issues caused a blaze that ripped through a strip center Tuesday morning in north Harris County.

The two-alarm blaze broke out about 5 a.m. at the Quick Check Grocery Store at 1000 Aldine Bender near the Hardy Toll Road, according to Harris County fire officials.

Officials said the flames quickly spread to adjacent businesses. The intensity of the blaze forced firefighters into a defensive approach to the battle the flames.

No injuries have been reported, officials said.

Story via: chron.com

 

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OR: $30K in Damages from Electrical Fire

Portland, OR: A 40-year old business is recovering after a fire dealt $30,000 worth of damage Monday afternoon. Lt Rich Chatman with Portland Fire says a faulty electrical system is to blame.

“Each year in the U.S. electrical problems cause 68,000 home fires and 500 deaths. Homes more than 40 years old are three times more likely to have an electrical fire than newer homes built in the last 20 years,” Chatman told KXL.

Lt. Chatman says it has to do with older homes and buildings using knob and tube wiring “There’s a lot more care taken into insulation with the wiring that prevents heat from being exposed to the wooden structures”.

The fire broke out around 5:00PM at Dale Brothers Barber Shop on Southeast 82nd Avenue. Chatman also says the fire burnt for 25 minutes before crews were able to put it out, by eventually cutting 25 holes in the roof to let smoke escape.

Story via kxl.com

OH: 10 Horses Perish in Electrical Fire

Oregon, OH: The cause of a fire that destroyed a barn containing several horses and other animals at the Vail Meadow Equestrian Center on Cedar Point Road in the early morning hours of March 21 was likely electrical in nature, Oregon Fire Chief Ed Ellis said on Wednesday evening.

“There’s no official report yet, but the State Fire Marshal’s Office is leaning towards electrical fire,” said Ellis. “There was electricity in the building. There were warmers in buckets of water to keep it from freezing over so the horses could drink.”

That, he said, may have been the cause of the fire.

“There may have been a `pinch point’ from a cord leading up to one of the buckets, which normally hangs from the walls,” he said. “The extent of damage is so severe that it’s hard to get a handle on it. There was no foul play, so it drops back to an electrical problem.”

Ten horses, along with a pot bellied pig, a goat, and two ducks, perished in the fire at Vail, which provides a therapy horse riding program for those with disabilities. Most of the horses that died were therapy horses.

Horses buried
Paul Mullen, assistant fire chief, said the official cause will likely be “undetermined” because the fire had consumed the barn.

“There was an electrical heater, but it was shut off,” said Mullen, who helped fight the fire. “There were also lighting fixtures. It doesn’t take much for a wire to be shorted out. Whether it was a heating bucket or lighting fixture, we’ll probably never know.”

Mullen called the Agriculture Department on behalf of Vail Meadows so the horses could be buried on site. The graves had to be excavated to a certain depth.

“We try to help anyone who suffers a fire loss, whether they are homes or businesses,” said Ellis. “If there’s anything within our power to help them, we will do that.”

The fire, called in at about 3:30 a.m. by a passing motorist, had completely engulfed the barn by the time firefighters arrived just minutes later.

Ellis said most barn fires are not natural but man made.

“Even in the summer, you don’t get a lot of lightening strikes. Most barns are protected from lightening,” he said.

He noted a similar fire that burned a barn to the ground on Corduroy Road in January 2009 that was caused by a wood burning stove. The fire, fueled by high winds, had started at 12:27 a.m. in the barn, which was owned by Prakash Thombre. He and his family, who lived in a house 30 feet from the barn, were unharmed. Hundreds of livestock, including goats, ducks, chickens, guineas, rabbits and chickens, had perished in the fire.

“Usually, you see fires in barns that are supplied with heat to keep it warm or to keep water from freezing,” said Ellis. “That’s what we look at right away.”

Mullen said barns could be equipped with a sprinkler system to prevent fires, but it’s costly. An alarm system is cheaper.

“Outside of having a sprinkler system or alarm to let you know there is a fire, there’s nothing you can do,” he said.

Vail Meadows has an account set up for donations at First Federal Bank of the Midwest, 3426 Navarre Ave. Also accepting donations on behalf of Vail are most businesses at Great Eastern Shopping Center on Woodville Road. Eagles Landing Golf Course will host a golf scramble on May 18. A 5K fundraiser, Run for the Meadows, is planned for May 25. To register, go tohttp://www.runforthemeadows.com/
Brown slams council
Former Oregon Mayor Marge Brown told city council at a meeting on March 25 that a spaghetti dinner fundraiser was planned for Vail Meadows on Saturday, March 30, starting at 5 p.m. at Icons Eatery & Entertainment, the former Yeehas Bar & Grill, 3150 Navarre Ave.

She also blasted council for their “lack of response” to the fire.

“It was tragic on Thursday when I got the call and I was out there,” said Brown. “More tragic was the lack of response we got from our council people. I’m not going to defend you. I’m sorry. I was there, they asked where you were. I said I was not there anymore. That’s not my problem.”

Councilman Dennis Walendzak said Brown was short sighted in her comments.

“Former Mayor Brown took a little shot at members of council not knowing what we have done or not have done in regards to Vail Meadows.. She spoke a little out of turn not knowing what some members may have done. I know every member of this council saw that as a tragedy and have reached out to Vail Meadows in other ways. Sometimes it’s better to understand what someone has done before making a backhanded comment like that.”

Mayor Mike Seferian agreed.

“The fire department personnel did address it very seriously. As Chief Ellis will tell you, they were there and did a lot of things on behalf of the city, like they would do in any tragedy,” said Seferian. “We believe we handled people fairly and equally throughout the community, and provided other services so they could bury the horses on site, and facilitated some of the work in being able to carry that out, as well as offering to do other additional things. And that was the personnel most able to help in this situation.”

Sheehy said he found out about the fire later that day.

“I certainly went over there to observe first hand what had happened but the gates were closed. There were things for them to do and they had business to tend to. I think maybe the worst thing to do would have been to stick my nose in there. I, like others on council, felt terrible about it. We all in our own way will do something to help the Vails out. It’s a great charity and great organization and a plus to our community. Hopefully, they will carry on and something greater will grow from he ashes.”

“It’s a very personal thing,” said Seferian, adding that he believed Brown’s comments were mostly aimed at him rather than council.

“And I can take that,” he said.

Seferian defeated Brown in her bid for a third term as mayor in 2008.

Story via presspublications.com

CT: Electrical Fire at Elementary School

March 21, 2013 Leave a comment

Stratford, CT: At 6 p.m. Monday the 911 center received a 911 call and subsequent automatic fire alarm from Chapel Street Elementary School located at 3 Chapel St. in the town’s North End.

Operators of the ABC aftercare program who were working at the school were alerted by a parent that a light fixture hanging from the cathedral ceiling in the schools all-purpose room was on fire.

The school was evacuated and upon arrival firefighters found a moderate smoke condition in the affected area and a pile of melted plastic on the gym floor. Firefighters used water extinguishers to extinguish the remains of the light fixture. Firefighters used high volume smoke ejectors to remove the remaining smoke from structure.

There were no reported injuries of civilians or firefighters. The town’s fire marshal Deputy Chief Brian Lampart was summoned to the scene to investigate the cause of the late-day electrical fire.

The cause was determined to be caused by a malfunctioning fluorescent light fixture. As a future precaution Deputy Chief Lampart will be ordering the school district to replace the remaining light fixtures with a different model unit.

Four engines, one ladder, the assistant chief/shift commander and two deputy chiefs responded to the incident for a total of 25 personnel. The emergency call was dispatched at 6 p.m., the first arriving apparatus arrived at 6:03 p.m., the fire was under control at 6:15 p.m., and the last fire unit cleared the scene at 7:03 p.m. The school was expected to open on Tuesday at the normal time.

Story via stratfordpatch.com

WA: Firefighters save home from Electrical Fire

March 21, 2013 Leave a comment

Snoqualmie, WA:  A quick response by the Carnation Fire Department Thursday, March 14, saved a home in the 5900 block of 322nd Avenue Northeast.

The electrical fire, reported at 8:38 a.m., appeared to start in the fuse box on the dryer, when a resident of the home was doing laundry, said King County Fire Investigator Todd Legg.

Reportedly, the resident had just started the dryer when she heard sparking, Legg said, and she found flames coming from the electrical panel. From the dryer, the fire spread to the home’s meter box, but the damage was quickly contained.

“The response from the fire department was two minutes,” Legg said.

Eastside Fire and Rescue reported that all occupants of the home were safely evacuated and no injuries were reported. There was some smoke in the home.

Firefighters left the scene around 10 a.m., and the fire investigation has been concluded.

Story via valleyrecord.com

CT: Pizza Shop Burns from Faulty Electrical Wiring

March 12, 2013 Leave a comment

NEW HAVEN, CT:  An electrical fire caused some interior damage at More Than Pizza in New Haven.

More Than Pizza on Blake Street sustained some interior damage Tuesday afternoon.

The shop will be closed for a few days while they clean up and fix the wiring, which caused the fire.

Everyone got out safely.

Fire crews are clearing the scene.

Story via wtnh.com