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On February 1st around 1:30am, my son heard a lout banging sound outside his window.

When he looked out, there were flames coming out of the wall of the garage.

He called 911, we all got out of the house, put the dog inside the truck and moved all our vehicles.

Fire department was here within 15 minutes and saved our house because it is only 4 foot away.

All my equipment is a total loss. Thank goodness we have good insurance.

We had a brand new freezer full of food, the insurance adjuster told us not to open it because the food is now contaminated.

All the fire inspectors came to the conclusion that it was a lipo battery that exploded causing the fire.

Rechargeable tool batteries and the chargers can also explode, so Please, if you have any tool batteries, PLEASE do NOT leave them on the charger, and make sure the charger is UNPLUGGED also because they can explode too!!!

UPDATE: My new garage is finally done. I replaced most of my equipment but still need a router table, Compound sliding miter saw, and drill press. I have my Mega V XL up and running today. Here are some pics of my new work shop.

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Wow, So sorry to hear this. Must be so frustrating to have this happen to you. Hopefully, the insurance will cover all your loses and your up and running again soon.
Should be up and running some time in the summer.
The important thing is NOBODY GOT HURT. Material things can be replaced.
 

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Thank the Lord only stuff was lost.


My next house is going to have a detached workshop. Right now it's underneath 2 bedrooms. I am always concerned about a fire.
Our garage is detached, but only 5ft away. They will tear it down and rebuild. I think I want a separate room for the workshop. That way we can pull in the car and my shop will not loose heat.
 

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Sorry to hear about your loss. Can not image what is going through your mind right now. I built a charging station several years ago. I remove the batteries from each tool after use and after charging, I have a master switch to turn off power to charger. My 47’x32’ garage/workshop is 50’ from house. My major concern is my gas heater failing.

Hope insurance does not cause you a problem and you get everything replace soon.
 

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On February 1st around 1:30am, my son heard a lout banging sound outside his window.

When he looked out, there were flames coming out of the wall of the garage.

He called 911, we all got out of the house, put the dog inside the truck and moved all our vehicles.

Fire department was here within 15 minutes and saved our house because it is only 4 foot away.

All my equipment is a total loss. Thank goodness we have good insurance.

We had a brand new freezer full of food, the insurance adjuster told us not to open it because the food is now contaminated.

All the fire inspectors came to the conclusion that it was a lipo battery that exploded causing the fire.

Rechargeable tool batteries and the chargers can also explode, so Please, if you have any tool batteries, PLEASE do NOT leave them on the charger, and make sure the charger is UNPLUGGED also because they can explode too!!! View attachment 397645 View attachment 397646 View attachment 397647 View attachment 397648 tteries, do not .
I had a friend that hired a painter to paint the inside of their house. The painter had plugged a battery charger in their garage and put a battery in it then left for the evening. The friend came home at night and saw smoke coming from their garage. It was the battery and charger that caused the fire. They were fortunate that they caught it as soon as it started.
 

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Glad to hear everyone is fine. The insurance company will feel the bite if lumber prices are as crazy where you are as they are in my area. $6 for a not so nice 2x4........how anyone can afford to build these days is a wonder.
 

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Yes, I've heard about LiPo batteries in RC planes being dangerous, but I don't know what elso LiPo batteries are used for??
Lipo batteries are used in anything with remote controls. My son had them for his RC cars, my husband has them for his RC planes. My husband has his Lipo batteries in bags, and purchased a metal ammunition box with lid to store them in. That way the batteries are double canceled in case of explosion.
 

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I had a friend that hired a painter to paint the inside of their house. The painter had plugged a battery charger in their garage and put a battery in it then left for the evening. The friend came home at night and saw smoke coming from their garage. It was the battery and charger that caused the fire. They were fortunate that they caught it as soon as it started.
Oh no!!! So glad they were able to extinguish the fire before they lost the building.
 
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