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Sign causes fire

Discussion in 'General Chit-Chat' started by Bigdawg, Jul 6, 2011.

  1. Bigdawg

    Bigdawg Just Me

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    Sign Fire... this is just down the road from me.


    I am so looking to see who pulled these permits...
     
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  2. Tim Aucoin

    Tim Aucoin Very Active Member

    Wow! :omg: Hopefully whoever did it is insured! Who would be inevitably responsible in this case?
     
  3. Pat Whatley

    Pat Whatley Major Contributor

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    Hope some sign company had a licensed electrician connect the power originally.
     
  4. Bigdawg

    Bigdawg Just Me

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    It depends on where exactly the fire started... my understanding is that if the fire was in the sign itself after the electrical hook-ups from the owner's electrician - blame would fall onto the sign maker... if it is in the wiring going into the sign that the owner had done - not sign company responsibility.
     
  5. Marlene

    Marlene Major Contributor

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    people wonder why UL listed and why correct permits and such are needed. good example of why.
     
  6. Cross Signs

    Cross Signs Active Member

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    It's possible that the ballast just decided to burst into flames. I've seen that many times. And in this kind of heat...Doesn't help keep them cool.
     
  7. Gino

    Gino Premium Subscriber

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    Hey Stacy........

    Can you find out if they were box signs or channels letters and direct mount or raceway ?? I didn't see that anywhere.

    There are any number of causes that will prove your theory right or wrong.

    Were the correct size circuit breakers installed.... were there ample transformers used..... how much florescent tubes were run to each ballast.... and the list goes on. It really depends on what set up was used and possibly too many transformers were piled into a corner above the ceiling and the heat had no where to go and just burst into flames.

    I'd bet the second fire was due to smoldering somewhere and just re-ignited.
     
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  8. Marlene

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    good point.
     
  9. Bigdawg

    Bigdawg Just Me

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    I'm going to drive by on my way home from work and see which sign.. there was a combination of box signs and channel letters at that plaza...
     
  10. Westcoast Sign Guy

    Westcoast Sign Guy Very Active Member

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    If it was caused by the sign, 9 and a half times our of 10, these fires are caused from no metal conduit being used.

    The original sign installer AND any company that ever came to service this sign we be FULLY responsible.
     
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