Fire and smoke damage?

Steve.P.JobsFan

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Jan 27, 2010
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Literally about 30 minutes ago, there was a grease fire in my house. My dad was cooking with grease, and went to the garage for 10 minutes, and the grease ignited. There is a duct in the kitchen that connects directly to my bedroom. So, within 10 minutes, my room was extremely hot, and chock full of white thick smoke - it was choking me.

Anyways, here's my question.

Is it possible for thick smoke from a fire (usually containing soot), to damage an iMac?

Oh, if it helps, the Fire department sprayed a fire extinguisher in my room, too.

Can that damage an iMac? I'm going to the Genius Bar on Tuesday to have the HDD replaced, so maybe I should have them inspect the iMac, right?
 

leman

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Oct 14, 2008
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Of course it can damage a computer, what kind of question is that? On the other note, insurance should cover any damage.
 
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Steve.P.JobsFan

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Of course it can damage a computer, what kind of question is that? On the other note, insurance should cover any damage.
Would AppleCare cover it? Or would it go through our homeowners insurance?

There wasn't like an actual huge fireball. The pan just lit on fire, and the whole house was filled with smoke. There wasn't fire or 1000º temperatures near the iMac - just thick smoke, if that helps.
 
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theSeb

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Would AppleCare cover it? Or would it go through our homeowners insurance?

There wasn't like an actual huge fireball. The pan just lit on fire, and the whole house was filled with smoke. There wasn't fire or 1000º temperatures near the iMac - just thick smoke, if that helps.
No, AppleCare is not insurance for accident damage.
 
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Big-TDI-Guy

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Jan 11, 2007
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Literally 30 minutes after the fire you posted... Midnight snack is one thing, but what your dad was thinking when he decided to deep fry at this time of day puts it into a league above all!

As for your iMac, doubt it will care at all, sans some grease on the exterior you may want to clean off. As there isn't much on the inside that will be affected by that exposure.... Unless of course grease fires are a common event at your place...

Now as for indoor cigarette smokers - that will do a number over time!
 
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Steve.P.JobsFan

macrumors 6502a
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Jan 27, 2010
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Columbus
Literally 30 minutes after the fire you posted... Midnight snack is one thing, but what your dad was thinking when he decided to deep fry at this time of day puts it into a league above all!

As for your iMac, doubt it will care at all, sans some grease on the exterior you may want to clean off. As there isn't much on the inside that will be affected by that exposure.... Unless of course grease fires are a common event at your place...

Now as for indoor cigarette smokers - that will do a number over time!
My Mom smokes..... a lot. :(




No, grease fires aren't the norm at my place. No offense to my Mom's BF (I just call him my Dad), but he isn't the brightest crayon in the box, to say the least... :eek:
 
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