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Topic Title: "Exploding" Fish Tank Puts Out Fire.
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Created On: 27 December 2014 09:11 AM
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 27 December 2014 09:11 AM
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Zoomup

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http://metro.co.uk/2014/12/21/...y-house-fire-4995148/

Happy New Year, and (put on winter car tyres now)

Keep warm and safe,

Bye,

Z.
 28 December 2014 07:54 AM
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Hi zoomup, if they didn't say it was a candle, I'd have thought that the plug had caught fire!





Looks like socket is immediately below the worst of the fire damage:





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 28 December 2014 05:29 PM
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From the OP:



Theres something about this pic of the cable that makes me wonder if the fire travelled upto or down from the plug?

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 10 January 2015 04:49 PM
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Any other thoughts, seen as the OPs left me hanging

In the pic above there's only soot on one side of the plug base lip, which would be odd if the fire was propagated from below the socket and the flames travelled up the flex to the plug?

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 10 January 2015 07:24 PM
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Hello and sorry wierdbeard,
I didn't wish to leave you hanging, but I am at a loss as to how this fire really started. I have nothing to add, even after using my Sherlock Holmes magnifying glass. Perhaps one of the fish jumped out of the tank to smoke a fag and dropped some ash?

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 10 January 2015 08:26 PM
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The official report says 'candle' I presume burning down but sat on a combustible surface that lit when the candle burnt low enough.

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 15 January 2015 08:51 PM
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weirdbeard

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Originally posted by: Zoomup

Hello and sorry wierdbeard,

I didn't wish to leave you hanging, but I am at a loss as to how this fire really started. I have nothing to add, even after using my Sherlock Holmes magnifying glass. Perhaps one of the fish jumped out of the tank to smoke a fag and dropped some ash?



Bye,



Z.


Thanks - was looking for a link to wiring and regs, what with the forum title and all..... perhaps if it save one family everyone should have a fishtank if the use candles?

One of the reports said ';a large pillar' candle was left alight......a pool of on fire molten wax + water =..........?

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 16 January 2015 11:28 AM
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Originally posted by: weirdbeard

From the OP:







Theres something about this pic of the cable that makes me wonder if the fire travelled upto or down from the plug?


wow! It seems to be dangerous
 16 January 2015 01:52 PM
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Looking at the picture above, the fire doesn't appear to have been started by the plug.
I would expect at least one of the pins to be discoloured and the plug case surrounding the pin/s to show signs of heat damage if it had.

If the fire had been started by the socket, once again I'd expect to see damage to the plug pins.

On the contrary, the fire damage is confined to the outer part of the plug.
the pins, the pin sleeves and the plastic surrounding the pins look in good condition.
I suggest that they were well protected from the fire when inserted in the socket.
 16 January 2015 02:17 PM
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Originally posted by: potential

Looking at the picture above, the fire doesn't appear to have been started by the plug.

I would expect at least one of the pins to be discoloured and the plug case surrounding the pin/s to show signs of heat damage if it had.



If the fire had been started by the socket, once again I'd expect to see damage to the plug pins.



On the contrary, the fire damage is confined to the outer part of the plug.

the pins, the pin sleeves and the plastic surrounding the pins look in good condition.

I suggest that they were well protected from the fire when inserted in the socket.


Does anyone know if the fish were "Pyro"anhas, they could well have survived in the fire.
 17 January 2015 10:52 AM
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Originally posted by: potential

Looking at the picture above, the fire doesn't appear to have been started by the plug.

I would expect at least one of the pins to be discoloured and the plug case surrounding the pin/s to show signs of heat damage if it had.



Hi potential, thanks, though a loose connection on the live terminal of the plug might melt the casing before much heat is transferred through the fuse to the pin?

Edit to add like in this pic:



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Edited: 17 January 2015 at 11:17 AM by weirdbeard
 17 January 2015 11:20 AM
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Maybe the plug was made from recycled domestic consumer units?

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