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Spontaneous combustion of sawdust
Posted by: Bruce G. Pulver IAAI CFI (IP Logged)
Date: August 21, 2011 06:02PM

I had a fire yesterday at a residence and the owner had a pile of cut fire wood approximantely two feet from the outside wall. Next to this was a pile of old dimensional lumber which was imbedded into the grass along with some PVC pipe. The fire was at ground level and burned up the wood siding and into the attic. I overhauled the area and no ignition could be found. I lifted up the dimensional lumber and I found sawdust and alot of termites. On one of the pieces of lumber which was at the bottom I observed charrng around a large hole and charring to the rest of the wood. Is it possible for the sawdust created by the termites to self ignite. This happen around 1500 hrs. the temperature was in the high 70's. No one smokes and no electricalin the area. Neighbors saw no activity in the side yard prior to the fire nor were there any fireworks. I know this is a strech, but I'm open to sugestions

Bruce G. Pulver IAAI CFI
Deputy Fire Marshal
Snohomish County Fire Marshal's Office
Everett, WA 98201



Subject Views Written By Posted
  Spontaneous combustion of sawdust 1228 Bruce G. Pulver IAAI CFI 08/21/2011 06:02PM
  Re: Spontaneous combustion of sawdust 463 PMK140 08/21/2011 07:07PM
  Re: Spontaneous combustion of sawdust 468 PMK140 08/21/2011 07:09PM
  Re: Spontaneous combustion of sawdust 1022 Carter Roberts 08/21/2011 08:26PM
  Re: Spontaneous combustion of sawdust 1025 PMK140 08/22/2011 07:10AM
  Re: Spontaneous combustion of sawdust - CORRECTION 393 PMK140 08/22/2011 07:53AM
  Re: Spontaneous combustion of sawdust 492 John J. Lentini, CFEI 08/22/2011 09:47AM
  Re: Spontaneous combustion of sawdust 369 Anonymous User 08/22/2011 09:54AM
  Re: Spontaneous combustion of sawdust 352 Ted Pagels 08/22/2011 04:01PM
  Re: Spontaneous combustion of sawdust 321 jgmcfps 08/22/2011 05:48PM


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