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  • Fuel oil vapors spark fire, man and cat injured near Fort Collins

    Anyone know how this could happen?
    Was he trying to fill another container from his oil tank?
    Aren't fuel oil fumes difficult to ignite?
    As a young boy I remember being fascinated with my parent's tank and when the fuel truck would arrive and refill it.

    http://neighbors.denverpost.com/view...61562#p1861562
    Last edited by Robert Gift; 03-09-2011, 08:27 AM.
    I'd take an educated guess - but I'm unqualified.
    It ain't just soot, it's paydirt.
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    Re: Fuel oil vapors spark fire, man and cat injured near Fort Collins

    While extinguishing the blaze, firefighters found from 3 to 5 inches of fuel oil and water in the basement room where the fire started.
    http://www.denverpost.com/ci_17567812?source=bb
    from the story, yes normally diesel or fuel oil is hard to ignite, but it does vaporize,
    (normally one can throw lighted matches into a pan of it and not ignite it, normally it needs some type of heat or wick type to allow the heat to vaporize it to get it to burn), (if the match can be smothered by the liquid normally no ignition, but if it is thin coating on the floor an the match does not go out it can work like a wick and get it burning),
    and in an enclosed basement, with 3 or 4 inches it could have hit the water heater, or any other number of igniting sources, If it would have hit any thing warm it would have vaporized faster creating a greater hazard,

    from what I read not enough info to get any clear idea of what was the cause, but if you fill your basement with a flammable liquid even if it is fairly stable your asking for some kind of trouble,

    Fuel Oil Flash Point

    The flash point of a fuel is the temperature at which vapour given off will ignite when an external flame is applied under standardised conditions.
    http://www.kittiwake.com/2_4_flash_point.htm
    http://www.engineeringtoolbox.com/fl...els-d_937.html
    Fuel.......... Flash Point(oF)
    Acetaldehyde -36
    Acetone 0
    Benzene 12
    Carbon Disulfide -22
    Diesel Fuel (1-D) 100
    Diesel Fuel (2-D) 125
    Diesel Fuel (4-D) 130
    Ethyl Alcohol 55
    Fuels Oil No.1 100 - 162
    Fuels Oil No.2 126 - 204
    Fuels Oil No.4 142 - 240
    Fuels Oil No.5 Lite 156 - 336
    Fuels Oil No.5 Heavy 160 - 250
    Fuels Oil No.6 150
    Gasoline -45
    Gear oil 375 - 580
    Iso-Butane -117
    Iso-Pentane less than -60
    Iso-Octane 10
    Kerosine 100 - 162
    Methyl Alcohol 52
    Motor oil 420 - 485
    n-Butane -76
    n-Pentane less than -40
    n-Hexane -7
    n-Heptane 25
    n-Octane 56
    Naphthalene 174
    NeoHexane -54
    Propane -156
    Styrene 90
    Toluene 40
    Xylene 63
    Last edited by BHD; 03-09-2011, 11:03 AM.
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      Re: Fuel oil vapors spark fire, man and cat injured near Fort Collins

      I assume the water was three to five inches deep with a little oil on top.

      No basement floor drain?
      (Maybe there was a sumpump which would have been deactivated when the FD turned off the electrical service.)

      Years ago I was reprimanded after my partner and I responded to a flooded basement call.
      Clotheswasher fill valve failed to close, resulting in 5-inches of water in the woman's basement before she discovered it.
      I tuned off the power athe service entrance.
      Then turned off the water behind the clotheswasher.
      Found a plunger.
      Found the floor drain and by plunging it, opened the clog.
      Water drained.

      Lieutenant said I should have lefthat for a plumber to resolve.
      Last edited by Robert Gift; 03-09-2011, 12:28 PM.
      I'd take an educated guess - but I'm unqualified.
      It ain't just soot, it's paydirt.
      "I swear, wherever Gift goes, argument follows." -Youtube comment

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