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#1 posted 06-14-2010 03:25 AM

I have to relate a story about solvent based stains. Where my shop was located a few years ago was across the street from a production cabinet shop. I was working late one night and when I left, I noticed a strange light coming from the front windows of his shop. At first, I figured he forgot and left a light on, but it seemed to be flickering, so I drove across the street and when I pulled up to the front of his shop, I realized there was a fire. I called the fire dept and the owner and after they got the fire out, they determined that the finishing guys had stained a bunch of cabinets that afternoon and put the rags in a empty can on top of a work bench. Here’s the scarey part. It only took about 4 – 5 hours before it started a fire. The can the rags where in had started to melt and the fire had caught the bench on fire since it was covered with stain and old finish. If it had burned another 30 minutes or so, they feel that it would have spread through his whole shop. Just happened to be at the right place at the right time.

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