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Old 06-15-2017, 10:05 PM
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Default I was first on site of a home fire today, I saved the house from burning down!

I was driving down a highway about 2 miles from my house on my way to the boat. I happened to glance to my left and I thought I seen a flame at a house but everyone was just driving by so I thought maybe I was seeing things. I drove a little ways and decided to turn around just to be sure. I pull into the driveway and I see fire and smoke but I couldn't tell where it was coming from until I got closer. The back of this garage was on fire! I didn't know what to do so I beat on the door but nobody was home. I called 911 and gave them the address and told them to hurry because the house is only 10' from the garage.

I tried to find a hose outside but I didn't see anything so I went into the burning garage to see if there was a hose or a fire extinguisher but the smoke was so thick that I couldn't breathe or see. I felt helpless so I was about to try anything, I see the pool filter right near where the fire was so I thought I could turn the valve to flush and suck water out of the pool but the fire was to hot and I couldn't get to it.

I knew the fire dept wouldn't make it before the entire garage burned down so I took some pics before it was totally engulfed. I went to the street and waved down a cop and within 5 minutes there were 5 police cars and policeman standing around. All of a sudden there was an explosion and it was loud and blew part of the roof off of the garage. A cop walked close to the garage I guess he was trying to see in and another bigger explosion happened and he jumped about 4' in the air. There were several more loud explosions and I didn't know what the hell was blowing up!

Well the police "excused" me and told me to leave so I left and headed out to my boat. I stopped at the house on my way back and the garage was gone. There was about 10 people standing around so I asked who the owner was and this guy walks up to me and asks me what I want. I told him I was the one that called the fire dept and tried to find a way to put the fire out but I couldn't do anything. He asked me if I drove a maroon car and I told him I did, he told me that the fire dept told him that because I called so early that I saved their house and entire property from going up in flames! He shook my hand and called his wife over, she gave me a big hug and told me thank you.
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Pics. of wife?
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Pics of the wife?
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Good job Russ. Right place at the right time and took the right action.
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That fire pit looks so disappointed it was not involved in the fire.
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Good job, Russ.
You did what you could.
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Hey, nice work. That's got to feel good!
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Oh yeah, the explosions were 3 small propane tanks and 2 big ones. The fuel tank on the guys Harley blew up too. The bike was a sad looking skeleton of a motorcycle!

Ohhhh the wife was good looking & big ol' rack!
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Good job. Didn't expose yourself to excessive risk by going inside the garage. There could have been chlorine or other toxic gasses in there, along with the propane cans.
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Good job Russ! Finally a meaningful thread!

In all seriousness, glad you didn't get hurt. Had to be frustrating trying to find a way to get water on it.
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Laughing my ass off because I didn't even have to look and see who posted the thread. Good job, Russ!
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Russcapades Episode 74
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Good Job !!!
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Good deed for the year accomplished!
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Had to be frustrating with 10,000 gallons of water in the pool and no way to get them to the fire!!

Good deed indeed!!
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And I suppose the wire under the driveway started it?
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Good job Russ.

This is how I see the situation going down.



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I always worry about garage fires. I store propane and up to 30 gallons of non-ethanol gas in mine.

Hope those cops are OK.
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Originally Posted by RussH View Post
I was driving down a highway about 2 miles from my house on my way to the boat. I happened to glance to my left and I thought I seen a flame at a house but everyone was just driving by so I thought maybe I was seeing things. I drove a little ways and decided to turn around just to be sure. I pull into the driveway and I see fire and smoke but I couldn't tell where it was coming from until I got closer. The back of this garage was on fire! I didn't know what to do so I beat on the door but nobody was home. I called 911 and gave them the address and told them to hurry because the house is only 10' from the garage.

I tried to find a hose outside but I didn't see anything so I went into the burning garage to see if there was a hose or a fire extinguisher but the smoke was so thick that I couldn't breathe or see. I felt helpless so I was about to try anything, I see the pool filter right near where the fire was so I thought I could turn the valve to flush and suck water out of the pool but the fire was to hot and I couldn't get to it.

I knew the fire dept wouldn't make it before the entire garage burned down so I took some pics before it was totally engulfed. I went to the street and waved down a cop and within 5 minutes there were 5 police cars and policeman standing around. All of a sudden there was an explosion and it was loud and blew part of the roof off of the garage. A cop walked close to the garage I guess he was trying to see in and another bigger explosion happened and he jumped about 4' in the air. There were several more loud explosions and I didn't know what the hell was blowing up!

Well the police "excused" me and told me to leave so I left and headed out to my boat. I stopped at the house on my way back and the garage was gone. There was about 10 people standing around so I asked who the owner was and this guy walks up to me and asks me what I want. I told him I was the one that called the fire dept and tried to find a way to put the fire out but I couldn't do anything. He asked me if I drove a maroon car and I told him I did, he told me that the fire dept told him that because I called so early that I saved their house and entire property from going up in flames! He shook my hand and called his wife over, she gave me a big hug and told me thank you.
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Oh yeah, the explosions were 3 small propane tanks and 2 big ones. The fuel tank on the guys Harley blew up too. The bike was a sad looking skeleton of a motorcycle!

Ohhhh the wife was good looking & big ol' rack!
Originally Posted by raystein View Post
Good job.
Didn't expose yourself to excessive risk by going inside the garage.
There could have been chlorine or other toxic gasses in there, along with the propane cans.


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