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Monte Pittman

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211 days ago

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This is what my shop looked like last night

And this is this morning

It was a nice quiet afternoon yesterday so I decided to burn a scrap pile. At about 5:00 in the evening I soaked it down with water. I was certain I had properly put it out. Overnight the winds came in strong, about 50 mph. The wind obviously found a burning ember that I missed. it took about an hour to reduce a 2-story 36×48 shop full of lumber to a pile of rubble. Of course shop equipment is gone, 3 vehicles and roughly 3000 board feet of lumber. My house was virtually untouched. No lives lost. Tomorrow I will start getting ready to rebuild. I am considering a fire sprinkler system in my next shop.

Not looking for sympathy. But next time that you are sure you have a fire out, pour a little more water on it.

-- Mother Nature created it, I just assemble it. - It's not ability that we often lack, but the patience to use our ability


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rrww

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#1 posted 211 days ago

I’m glad your ok – the wind has been bad here in MN too.

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Underdog

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#2 posted 211 days ago

Ow. Sorry for your loss.

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Rex B

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#3 posted 211 days ago

Monte this makes me sick to see! So sorry, I know you’ve got a lot of rebuilding to do, and hopefully once you start getting new equipment it will be fun again.

-- Rex

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ScrubPlane

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#4 posted 211 days ago

Best news…you and everyone are safe and sound.

Good news…you now have an opportunity to re-build/re-stock your shop and make ‘amends’ for all the poor tool choices of yesteryear.

Peace…

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Texcaster

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#5 posted 211 days ago

So sad to hear about this Monte.

-- Bill....... I listen very closely to the timber and then impose my will.

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MonteCristo

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#6 posted 211 days ago

Wow ! What a bummer ! Just shows what a super strong wind can do ! As you say, it could have been worse, but I can imagine it’s hard to be grateful at the moment. Good luck rebuilding !

-- Dwight - "Free legal advice available - contact Dewey, Cheetam & Howe""

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jroot

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#7 posted 211 days ago

shocking. What a loss! I hope you have good insurance.

-- jroot

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dawsonbob

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#8 posted 211 days ago

Glad to hear that no one was hurt. I can just imagine the empty feeling in your gut, though. Hopefully you’ll be able to rebuild even better than before.

-- Mistakes are what pave the road to perfection

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Gene Howe

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#9 posted 211 days ago

Just awful, Monte. Glad everyone and the house was OK.
Sorry for the loss.
Happy you get to rebuild and restock.

-- Gene 'The true soldier fights not because he hates what is in front of him, but because he loves what is behind him.' G. K. Chesterton

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lawson4450

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#10 posted 211 days ago

That sucks as a firefighter my recommendation is dont just put water on it make sure you stir it up as well and get down to the bottom and make soup out of it. Also any left over lumber goes into a metal can with a metal lid to help prevent this. good luck on your new shop the sprinkler system would be nice but unless you put it on the outside it wouldn’t work for you once the whole outside is going. (assuming this was an outside fire) but it will most definatley work for any inside stuff.

-- Dan, New Jersey

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dhazelton

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#11 posted 211 days ago

Wow, terrible – so sorry. Glad your house and lives/pets went untouched. Maybe you need to go all steel with the next building.

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Todd

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#12 posted 211 days ago

So so sorry Monte. I just burnt some scrap wood yesterday and I believe it could happen to anyone. That makes my stomach turn for you.

-- Todd, Huntsville, AL

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wseand

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#13 posted 211 days ago

Craziness. At least no one was hurt and you will get to rebuild.

-- Bill - "Freedom flies in your heart like an Eagle" Audie Murphy

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patron

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#14 posted 211 days ago

sorry to see this monte

glad no one was hurt
and at least the house is still good

nothing left but plan b
prayers on that

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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b2rtch

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#15 posted 211 days ago

A time I enjoy: planning for new shop
How come the ground in your place is vertical?

-- Bert

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