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burthudson    Posted 03-13-2018 at 20:50:45 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [No Email]  
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  • Late Oct. @ 3:15 AM my wife said the Kubota tractor is on fire in the garage! I run to the garage, picked the 30lb fire ext from the door way and put the fire out on the floor and the roof boards. Now this 100yr old garage is 60 feet long with steel roof and siding. After thinking I had put the fire out, I went to the opposite end of the garage and backed my 651 Ford 1958 {dad bought this new}, to a safe distance away. Then I saw fire again and picked the 10 pound fire ext and put out the roof boards and the floor. At this point I realize that the fire was being feed by diesel. My wife came out with another 10 pound fire ext. and I put the roof out and the floor, by that time I was thinking I had better act my age and sit down and let go. Then I could see the fire trucks coming, but the first people to arrive was my son and his wife. They got a call from the alarm co. because I forgot to turn the alarm off and they get the second call. The house phone was busy with my wife calling FD. The Kubota tried to start do to a short some where and being under the fuel tank made of ABS it melted a hole in the tank dumping 4 Gals of fuel on the hot starter. The Kubota, the loader, the 5ft. belly mower were a total loss. The insurance paid for replacement, but no insurance on the garage do to its age about $10,000 loss. The rest of the story is I had this serviced by the dealer for winter about a month before and had mowed grass for 3hrs 3 days earlier. the last time it was running. I once owned 65 tractors from 1939 to 1964 never had a problem. This newer tractor burns???? The scary part is the garage attached to the house has had tractors stored there many years. I am thankful for more good luck than bad, had we not seen this fire early. It would have burnt the garage and than onto the barn 120ft.x40ft full of tractors, boats, other toys and tractor parts. STAY safe. Burt.

    NTP    Posted 03-17-2018 at 07:29:30 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [Email]  
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  • May or may not have anything to do with getting the tractor serviced. A couple of years ago I had my Polaris UTV, which I had not started up for 2 weeks, parked along side of my workshop. 5:15 in the morning someone was pounding on our door to inform my wife that we had a fire along side of my garage. The flames were higher (plastic body) than our barn/riding arena. A couple of weeks later I tried to start our pontoon boat and got nothing out of the starter. Tracing the wires, I found a couple of places where mice had chewed completely through some wires. All that was left was the frame and a pile of melted plastic. I'm assuming the mice also got to the UTV.

    steveVa    Posted 03-14-2018 at 11:05:41 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [No Email]  
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  • Wow. Glad your wife is a light sleeper and saw the fire before it got completely out of hand. Also glad no one was hurt. Guess I will park the Kubota outside till I research the fire issues. Find some Pa. Amish guys to fix the Garage/barn. They do great work.

    dave#1    Posted 03-13-2018 at 21:54:32 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [No Email]  
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  • Well, The pics in the post below titled "Some good news "- Been there, done that with a fire!
    So I can relate, Fire sucks !
    Glad no one was hurt !


    Larry TX    Posted 03-13-2018 at 21:44:59 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [No Email]  
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  • As a now retired firefighter of 43 plus years, having served near half that time as the Chief of this city, I feel your pain Burt for I've seen the damage fire causes up close and personal far too many times. Reading your story tells me you did everything possible regarding fire prevention to your property, even having fire extinguishers well placed for quick and easy access in your garage. Sadly, you had no way of knowing ahead of time that a short would occur in the tractor, resulting in a fire.

    Quite obviously, the pooling of the diesel fuel below the Kubota was your enemy in this incident, but you did the best you could to extinguish the inferno. If only you'd had a good water source and supply line to have been able to saturate the wood floor and ceiling, that alone may have been of greater assistance in suppressing the flame-up!

    Your story, along with mentioning that you shut off the fuel tank supply lines in your tractors when putting them away is truly a great fire prevention teaching tool and is sincerely appreciated by this old fireman - thanks for sharing it!

    burthudson    Posted 03-13-2018 at 21:02:38 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [No Email]  
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  • We always turn off the gas at the tank and usually disconnect the battery in the old tractors. also have fire ext at every door.

    burthudson    Posted 03-14-2018 at 21:18:00 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [No Email]  
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  • The floor was cement and very clean, not wood.

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