Somebody maybe missed the golden rule of electrical fires: First step is to turn off the juice. pull the plug, throw the breaker. In a car crash, turn off the ignition. This eliminates potential sources of ignition, not to mention reduces the incidence of electric shock when the sprinklers cut in...DavidCar said:The problem was definitely the server. After the alarms went off they ran to the media room and found smoke and flames coming out of the server. They tried fire extinguishers with no luck.
The news tonight is making these recommendations for home computers: "To Stay Safe, keep your computer server and equipment off the carpet, don't store or stack paper around your computer, and every home should have a fully-charged fire extinguisher."
I had a MacPlus burn up. Fortunately I was right there and stopped it.DavidCar said:I just heard of a server starting a fire at a local school. I don't know what kind of server it was. Is the possibility of a computer, such as a PowerMac, overheating and starting a fire something that I should be concerned about?
I did Google it and found the following: On March 12 the Prince reported that the University's insurance company, Royal and Sun Alliance Insurance, had sued Apple to recoup the $2 million that it paid Princeton to cover the claim, on the basis that the December 2001 fire in Moffit Hall was started by the PowerMac G4 in the office. However Dave Schroeder at the University of Wisconsin investigated the Princeton Borough Fire Department reports and found that the PowerMac is apparently not to blame. He has created a web site showing the relevant fire department reports. Thanks Dave!pubwvj said:I had a MacPlus burn up. Fortunately I was right there and stopped it.
I read about a PowerMac(?) burning up in a college dorm and causing a lot of damage as a result of the fire. Google.
Someone correct me if I'm wrong about this, but surely wood is no more flammable than plastic, and the majority of computer cases are made from that? With the exception of the lovely PowerMacs/Books, of course. And burning plastic can give off nasty fumes, whereas wood doesn't. I would be tempted to say don't worry about it....DavidCar said:But I wish I knew how to fireproof a wooden cabinet, if only to help me sleep better.