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Homeowner burns down house after deciding to clear prank toilet paper by setting it on fire
Daily Mail Online ^ | January 21, 2014 | Daily Mail Reporter

Posted on 01/21/2014 1:33:29 PM PST by Teotwawki

An Alabama woman got more than she bargained for after she tried to clear toilet paper from her yard by setting it on fire and accidently burned down her house. Cheryl Crausewell's home and yard in Dora were TP'd by neighborhood kids on Saturday and the nightmare began when she and her son tried to quickly clear the paper from a tree with fire on Monday. A bit of the flaming toilet paper leaped from the tree, charred most of her yard, whipped around to a backyard barbecue propane tank and eventually engulfed the entire home. Crausewell suspects the propane tank may have exploded, contributing to the blaze.

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TOPICS: Local News
KEYWORDS: burns; house; oops; paper; toilet
D'oh.
1 posted on 01/21/2014 1:33:29 PM PST by Teotwawki
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To: Teotwawki

Must have been a helluva lot of TP.


2 posted on 01/21/2014 1:34:44 PM PST by Ray76 (How modern liberals think: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eaE98w1KZ-c)
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To: Teotwawki

script for a future simpsons episode


3 posted on 01/21/2014 1:35:06 PM PST by George from New England (escaped CT in 2006, now living north of Tampa)
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To: Teotwawki
Crausewell suspects the propane tank may have exploded, contributing to the blaze.

Not possible.

4 posted on 01/21/2014 1:35:21 PM PST by Bloody Sam Roberts ("The further a society drifts from truth the more it will hate those who speak it." - George Orwell)
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To: Teotwawki
Odd.

Normally here in Texas someone burns down a house trying to kill a snake. I see Alabama is way different.

5 posted on 01/21/2014 1:35:31 PM PST by Theoria (End Socialism : No more GOP and Dem candidates)
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To: Bloody Sam Roberts

You are correct. A propane tank will explode, but it takes a heckuva lot of heat to get it to do so, like another burning tank of propane or an acetylene torch. Mere TP flames would never come close.


6 posted on 01/21/2014 1:39:05 PM PST by Cyber Liberty (H.L. Mencken: "The urge to save humanity is almost always a false front for the urge to rule.")
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To: Bloody Sam Roberts

Certainly not from the impingement of fire fueled by a roll of toilet paper. And if it had exploded, the whole neighborhood would have known.


7 posted on 01/21/2014 1:39:07 PM PST by FoxInSocks ("Hope is not a course of action." -- M. O'Neal, USMC)
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To: Cyber Liberty

Even at high temperature the safety valve is designed to vent the gas. It would possibly ignite, spouting a long column of flame but it would never explode. Unless it was tampered with.


8 posted on 01/21/2014 1:41:28 PM PST by Bloody Sam Roberts ("The further a society drifts from truth the more it will hate those who speak it." - George Orwell)
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To: Teotwawki

WATER HOSE...............


9 posted on 01/21/2014 1:42:27 PM PST by Red Badger (Proud member of the Zeta Omicron Tau Fraternity since 2004...................)
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To: Cyber Liberty

Would it be possible for the TP fire to burn through the hose, which was under pressure?


10 posted on 01/21/2014 1:42:51 PM PST by MrB (The difference between a Humanist and a Satanist - the latter admits whom he's working for)
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To: Bloody Sam Roberts

There was that case a few years ago of an industrial yard full of propane tanks on fire, and they cooked off like rockets, so technically even they didn’t “explode.”


11 posted on 01/21/2014 1:43:46 PM PST by Cyber Liberty (H.L. Mencken: "The urge to save humanity is almost always a false front for the urge to rule.")
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To: MrB

Might create a bit of a torch, I suppose. My feeling is Propane tanks would have to have quite a few fail-safes, considering how commonly they are used in residential neighborhoods. I find it hard to believe it would be easy to burn or cut a hose.

I’m more likely to believe the house fire started when embers landed on the asphalt shingles.


12 posted on 01/21/2014 1:46:38 PM PST by Cyber Liberty (H.L. Mencken: "The urge to save humanity is almost always a false front for the urge to rule.")
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To: Teotwawki

Hold muh beer and watch this.


13 posted on 01/21/2014 1:49:33 PM PST by Arrowhead1952 (The Second Amendment is NOT about the right to hunt. It IS a right to shoot tyrants.)
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To: Bloody Sam Roberts

A propane tank (500 gal. I’m guessing) blew up on an extremely hot day in Wisconsin (at a resort at a golf course, I was there), no open flame was involved. I can see a heated tank exploding due to rising pressures in a tank.


14 posted on 01/21/2014 1:50:13 PM PST by gorush (History repeats itself because human nature is static)
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To: Teotwawki

Oops!


15 posted on 01/21/2014 1:51:02 PM PST by TigersEye (Stupid is a Progressive disease.)
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To: Bloody Sam Roberts

...maybe the safety valve malfunctioned as well.


16 posted on 01/21/2014 1:51:27 PM PST by gorush (History repeats itself because human nature is static)
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To: Cyber Liberty

That pile of unraked dead leaves next to the siding probably didn’t help either.


17 posted on 01/21/2014 1:54:16 PM PST by MrB (The difference between a Humanist and a Satanist - the latter admits whom he's working for)
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To: Cyber Liberty

I happen to know that a propane tank inside a burning house will explode quite nicely. Let’s not go into detail about how I know this.


18 posted on 01/21/2014 1:54:38 PM PST by Sherman Logan
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To: Bloody Sam Roberts

Most likely the valve was left open but still connected to some device that had
another shut off valve, bbq pit, grill and the hose burned enough to leak. Then
there was plenty of fuel for a little while.


19 posted on 01/21/2014 1:57:30 PM PST by deport
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To: Sherman Logan

LOL!

You don’t have to explain.

Let me use my imagination. :))


20 posted on 01/21/2014 2:04:57 PM PST by RitaOK ( VIVA CHRISTO REY / Public education is the farm team for more Marxists coming.)
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To: Sherman Logan

Fair enough, Sherm. I’ve known you a long time and I think I know when it’s best to just take your word on something...

:^)


21 posted on 01/21/2014 2:08:16 PM PST by Cyber Liberty (H.L. Mencken: "The urge to save humanity is almost always a false front for the urge to rule.")
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To: Bloody Sam Roberts

Tanks can do do what is called a BLEVE. Boiling Liquid Expanding Vapor Explosion.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sl-JgyQA7u0

It occurs when the vent can no longer vent fast enough, pressure builds, and the tank welds fail.


22 posted on 01/21/2014 2:11:57 PM PST by Clay Moore ("To learn who rules over you, simply find out who you are not allowed to criticize." ~Voltaire)
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To: Teotwawki

Did they get rid of all the TP?


23 posted on 01/21/2014 2:21:36 PM PST by YHAOS
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To: Teotwawki
That's a $h1tty way to lose ones home.
24 posted on 01/21/2014 3:27:09 PM PST by vetvetdoug
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To: Teotwawki
Here, when a house or tree is TP'd, we just wait for the next rain. Don't even bother washing the stuff down with a hose.
25 posted on 01/21/2014 3:44:42 PM PST by JoeFromSidney (itYe)
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To: gorush

Gotcha. In my mind...I saw the tank in this story as a 20 lb. tank. Perhaps a bad assumption on my part. If it were, then my statements would apply. I have no knowledge of how a 200 pounder would react. Well...not strictly true. I do now.


26 posted on 01/21/2014 3:48:59 PM PST by Bloody Sam Roberts ("The further a society drifts from truth the more it will hate those who speak it." - George Orwell)
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To: Bloody Sam Roberts
NP, my story is only anecdotal to you. I am only reporting a first hand report. Interestingly, I can also report a propane related incident back in the late '70's (I think). I unfortunately witnessed a frozen propane tank...this was while the outside temp was reported as -58 to -60 F.

Remember -40 is -40 no matter how you look at it. :{)

27 posted on 01/21/2014 3:58:31 PM PST by gorush (History repeats itself because human nature is static)
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To: gorush

WOW!

I’m in Wisconsin. The tank for our shop had been overfilled one summer and vented. It was extremely hot, but all it did was vent. It was old and the paint was in poor shape. Hubby repainted it reflective silver and that was the end of the problem. We did immediately notify the supplier and they sent someone out to check it. Paint was all it needed.


28 posted on 01/21/2014 4:52:12 PM PST by reformedliberal
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To: reformedliberal

The one I was near probably had a faulty vent.


29 posted on 01/21/2014 5:35:10 PM PST by gorush (History repeats itself because human nature is static)
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