Dell laptop linked to house fire

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  1. ac2026

    ac2026 Notebook Enthusiast

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    Authorities are investigating claims that a Dell laptop computer was responsible for causing a fire that burnt down a house.

    According to the Florida Herald-Tribune newspaper, home-owner, Louis Minnear, 36, was "convinced" the fire was started by the computer battery in his wife's Dell laptop that was sitting on papers on the family's sofa.

    In just 20 minutes the blaze caused severe damage leaving the house uninhabitable, and the family lost almost all of its possessions.

    The State Fire Marshal's Office in South Venice, Florida said it had yet not ruled on the cause of last week's fire.

    Assistant Fire Chief Paul Dezzi, said he was aware there was a computer on the couch, but told the Herald-Tribune: "None of us know what the cause is."

    The fire comes a week after Dell announced a safety recall of 4.1 million notebook computer batteries manufactured by Sony that were sold between April 2004 and July 18 of this year.

    "Under rare conditions, it is possible for these batteries to overheat, which could cause a risk of fire," Dell warned last week.

    Mr Minnear said he had bought the Latitude D500 notebook two years ago, which is one of the models on the list with potential battery problems. He told the Herald-Tribune he had heard about the Dell battery recall, but hadn't had a chance to act on it.

    He said he first smelled fire at about 5am but after checking the house, returned to bed. About 45 minutes later, he re-awoke and found his couch engulfed in flames.

    Dell said last week it had been investigating a few reports of notebooks overheating or catching fire, and the most well-known case happened in Osaka, Japan two months ago when a laptop computer was photographed as it burst into flames.

    A number of other reports of laptop fires have also been widely circulated on online forums and news sites in recent weeks, including that of an Arizona man who claimed that sparks from his laptop computer ignited a box of ammunition that caused his truck to explode in the heart of the Mojave Desert.

    The report on CBS11 news site claims that Thomas Forqueran's 1966 vintage Ford pick-up was completely destroyed soon after a Dell laptop computer was placed in the glove box.

    None of the incidents reported to date have resulted in injury or death.

    http://www.smh.com.au/news/biztech/dell-laptop-linked-to-house-fire/2006/08/22/1156012527870.html
     
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    XCS Systems1 Notebook Enthusiast

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    He told the Herald-Tribune he had heard about the Dell battery recall, but hadn't had a chance to act on it.

    There goes his law suit !
     
  3. Greg

    Greg Notebook Nobel Laureate

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    my guess is that he heard about the laptop battery recall, looks around his house, and decides it is time for a new house paid for by either insurance or dell (w/ or w/o lawsuit).

    i'm also going to guess that he had a chance to verify his battery was on the list, and then go buy some stuff that goes boom in the night!
     
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    Well if that was the case i doubt he would have mentioned that he heard about the recall and didn't yet act on it.
     
  5. JM

    JM Mr. Misanthrope NBR Reviewer

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    There was a news report on this and that the family lost their 843 DVD collection.

    The house looks like something someone on wellfare would live in, not someone with over 800 DVDs.

    $50 says someone got an idea to frame his notebook and claim in for the insurance money...
     
  6. MrWacko

    MrWacko Notebook Guru

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    I rase you to $100 :)

    Although possible, he knew about the recall, and an exploding battery problem should be the first thing on your list of problems to deal with. He'll have fun dealing with the insurance...
     
  7. JM

    JM Mr. Misanthrope NBR Reviewer

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    Yeah, if my computer (or anything in my house, for that matter) was at risk of exploding, I'd have taken care of it as quickly as possible.

    Or if it's proven he set the fire, he'll have fun dealing with his cellmate.

    ;)
     
  8. wearetheborg

    wearetheborg Notebook Virtuoso

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    Laptop sitting on papers on couch while familiy is sleeping.
    1: Guy claims laptop started fire while it was turned off : he is retarded.
    2: Laptop was turned on : he deserves the fire.
     
  9. LIVEFRMNYC

    LIVEFRMNYC Blah Blah Blah!!!

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    LOL.. I bet he had his home thermosat on 110F
     
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