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Old 09-01-2010, 08:00 AM
 
Location: Tennessee/Michigan
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LITTLE ROCK, Ark. -A fire that damaged an Arkansas home wasn't caused by an electrical problem, burning food or arson. Instead, an insurance investigator concluded, the dead plants did it.

Insurance company: Flowers started Ark. house fire
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Old 09-01-2010, 09:32 AM
 
Location: Perry South, Pittsburgh, PA
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Plant zombies: Serious business.
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Old 09-01-2010, 08:00 PM
 
Location: South Dakota
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Years ago I handled a case for a client who had a house fire resulting from spontaneous combustion of dirty diapers left in a container in the sun in a hot, enclosed back porch. It happens.
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Old 09-01-2010, 11:19 PM
 
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Heh. I was going to ask if the flowers were the cloth-and-plastic artificial kind.

And that situation with the dirty diapers sounds gross.
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Old 09-02-2010, 01:54 AM
 
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Dead plant matter can create a lot of heat, a pile of wood chips for example creates a huge amount of internal heat.
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Old 09-03-2010, 07:30 AM
 
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Another thing that starts fires is the plastic covering that new lampshades come in, there are people who leave them on the lampshades and use them like that.
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Old 09-03-2010, 10:11 AM
 
Location: FLG/PHX/MKE
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Plastic covers on the lampshades? Now THAT is tasteless.

You should probably warn the people in this house that they need to take the plastic off of their lampshade.

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Old 09-03-2010, 02:22 PM
Status: "Gone hunting until December!" (set 23 days ago)
 
Location: Lost in Montana *recalculating*...
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Which is precisely why I steer clear from plastic underwear.
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Old 09-08-2010, 01:41 PM
 
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I'll have to tell my friend who likes bouquets of dried flowers about this.
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Old 09-08-2010, 01:50 PM
 
Location: Silver Springs, FL
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Plastic covers on the lampshades? Now THAT is tasteless.

You should probably warn the people in this house that they need to take the plastic off of their lampshade.
Lol, bet theres plastic slipcovers on the furniture, too!
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