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(Daily Sparks Tribune)   "The male occupant made a very poor decision using gasoline," said the fire department   (charlotteobserver.com) divider line 48
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2010-01-11 08:14:54 AM  
You just know the guy said "Hold my beer and watch this" before things went south.
 
2010-01-11 09:05:35 AM  
FTA: officials said, but the house suffered an estimated $150,000 in damage.

To a $90,000 house?
 
2010-01-11 09:29:27 AM  
One has to be amazed that, with all the sky-rocketing prices of gas, there are people still willing to waste it like this.

Soon, pyros will burn down houses with nothing but coal and matches, because gas will become a privilege.
 
2010-01-11 09:31:17 AM  
Good News: Charlotte is on it's way...

Bad News:...to earning it's own Florida tag
 
2010-01-11 09:33:23 AM  
jehovahs witness protection: FTA: officials said, but the house suffered an estimated $150,000 in damage.

To a $90,000 house?


It probably took out his collection of fine art.
 
2010-01-11 09:33:55 AM  
hehehehaha

i777.photobucket.com
 
2010-01-11 09:36:09 AM  
Situationally Unaware: jehovahs witness protection: FTA: officials said, but the house suffered an estimated $150,000 in damage.

To a $90,000 house?

It probably took out his collection of fine art.


Velvet Elvis and dogs playing poker?
 
2010-01-11 09:36:39 AM  
His insurance company is going to have a good laugh when he calls... that is, if he has any insurance...
 
2010-01-11 09:39:13 AM  
The blaze was brought under control in about 20 minutes, officials said, but the house suffered an estimated $150,000 in damage

Looking at that picture, I'm thinking that estimate might be just a tad high.
 
2010-01-11 09:40:01 AM  
A firefighter and also suffered apparently minor injuries, officials said.

What's an Also ?
 
2010-01-11 09:40:25 AM  
I've made some rather poor decisions involving gasoline and bonfires, so I'm getting a kick out of these replies.
 
2010-01-11 09:40:57 AM  
Use diesel fuel as an accelerant, not gasoline! C'mon people.
 
2010-01-11 09:43:49 AM  
you have pee hands: Use diesel fuel as an accelerant, not gasoline! C'mon people.

Where's the fun in that, spoilsport.
 
2010-01-11 09:46:35 AM  
A ella le gusta la gasolina (dame mas gasolina)
Como le encanta la gasolina (dame mas gasolina)
 
2010-01-11 09:48:15 AM  
jehovahs witness protection: FTA: officials said, but the house suffered an estimated $150,000 in damage.

To a $90,000 house?


A lot of home insurance policies offer 100-60, meaning you get full replacement of the home and up to 60% of the house value in belongings.

When you start adding up things you'll need appliances, clothes, food, etc.. to 'replace' everything in a house since the 100% only covers the structure most of the time... yeah it can add up.

/did a small stint as an underwriter while in college
 
2010-01-11 09:49:41 AM  
I like to huff it and get the nice 'wah-wah-wah' high before I use it to burn down trailers.
 
2010-01-11 09:49:43 AM  
AntiNorm: I've made some rather poor decisions involving gasoline and bonfires, so I'm getting a kick out of these replies.

Everclear = good decisions
gasoline = poor decisions, except when Everclear is involved

that's how I roll
 
2010-01-11 09:50:40 AM  
eddyatwork: You just know the guy said "Hold my beer and watch this" before things went south.

Given the location of the home it was probably more like this:

"Bobby, why the hell can't you keep the damn fire goin' - it's coldern' a witch's tit in here!"

"Shiat, woman, you want a damn fire? I'll give you a damn fire!"

/We'uns can straight up make a big ol' fire 'round these parts...
 
2010-01-11 09:51:10 AM  
Sybarite: A ella le gusta la gasolina (dame mas gasolina)
Como le encanta la gasolina (dame mas gasolina)


Rompe, Rompe, Rompe, Rompe, Rompe, Rompe, Rompe, Rompe, Rompe, Rompe, Rompe, Rompe, Rompe, Rompe, Rompe, Rompe, Rompe, Rompe, Rompe, Rompe, Rompe, Rompe, Rompe, Rompe, Rompe, Rompe, Rompe, Rompe, Rompe, Rompe, Rompe, Rompe, Rompe, Rompe, Rompe, Rompe!.

/God, I hate reggaeton
//Not the girls, though
 
2010-01-11 09:59:40 AM  
This is why I stick to sterno to get the fire going.
 
2010-01-11 10:16:38 AM  
Other 'poor decisions' involving gasoline:

1) Grill Fuel
2) Hand Sanitizer
3) Bug Spray
4) Child's Birthday Gift
5) Dessert Topping
6) Intimate Lubricant
 
2010-01-11 10:26:39 AM  
no comment
cache.boston.com
 
2010-01-11 10:27:49 AM  
The home's residents, four three adults and a child, were believed to be moving in with relatives nearby.
 
2010-01-11 10:33:05 AM  
Lordy Lordy, and I thought I was bad for considering substituting gasoline for radiator fluid
 
2010-01-11 10:36:03 AM  
Did he give himself an enema with it?
 
2010-01-11 10:42:13 AM  
It's not uncommon these days for the replacement value (i.e., cost to build a new one) to be more than the market value of a house.

Especially when it's a white trash shiathole.
 
2010-01-11 10:44:58 AM  
How not to build a fire in your house.. In scouts we used one match and dried leafs
 
2010-01-11 10:50:00 AM  
IdBeCrazyIf: jehovahs witness protection: FTA: officials said, but the house suffered an estimated $150,000 in damage.

To a $90,000 house?

A lot of home insurance policies offer 100-60, meaning you get full replacement of the home and up to 60% of the house value in belongings.

When you start adding up things you'll need appliances, clothes, food, etc.. to 'replace' everything in a house since the 100% only covers the structure most of the time... yeah it can add up.

/did a small stint as an underwriter while in college


Not to start a my-job-at-an-insurance-company-war, but it all depends on the policy. Some are replacement cost for structure and value at loss for personal property. For instance you had top-o-the-line windows, your insurance company has to replace with top-o-the-line windows. You have a high-end TV you bought for $3500 in 2004, you do not get $3500 for your tv, you get considerably less because it isn't worth $3500 anymore.

But you're right, it does add up, quickly. I feel sorry for the contents adjuster on any fire claim. Smoke is a biotch and everything will need to be at least cleaned in the house.

/did-a-small-stint-as-an-adjuster-until-I-realized-it's-a-farking-souless-busin e ss
 
2010-01-11 10:55:32 AM  
So dumb...I just use my charcoal grill to heat my place. It's so much safer.
 
2010-01-11 10:57:02 AM  
towatchoverme: I'm the first? Really?


Well, I guess we owe you an orange mocha frappuccino!
 
2010-01-11 11:11:36 AM  
He made a poor decision about gasoline but an even poorer decision about fire extinguishers. I don't mean to get all bearish, but it's not evidence of a lot of brains if you light a fire inside your house without the means to also put that fire out.

You know, just in case you happen to want to.

Incidentally, based on something I once witnessed, throwing a bucket of water into a roaring fireplace is not a great way to put out the fire.
 
2010-01-11 11:18:25 AM  
One of my goals in life is to not have my epitaph read "he made a very poor decision using gasoline"
 
2010-01-11 11:21:08 AM  
RandomAxe: He made a poor decision about gasoline but an even poorer decision about fire extinguishers. I don't mean to get all bearish, but it's not evidence of a lot of brains if you light a fire inside your house without the means to also put that fire out.

You know, just in case you happen to want to.

Incidentally, based on something I once witnessed, throwing a bucket of water into a roaring fireplace is not a great way to put out the fire.


A bucket of water is also not a good solution for a gas fire.

Don't ask how I know that.
 
2010-01-11 11:37:54 AM  
quote of the year!
 
2010-01-11 11:40:58 AM  
asleep71: Not to start a my-job-at-an-insurance-company-war, but it all depends on the policy. Some are replacement cost for structure and value at loss for personal property. For instance you had top-o-the-line windows, your insurance company has to replace with top-o-the-line windows. You have a high-end TV you bought for $3500 in 2004, you do not get $3500 for your tv, you get considerably less because it isn't worth $3500 anymore.

But you're right, it does add up, quickly. I feel sorry for the contents adjuster on any fire claim. Smoke is a biotch and everything will need to be at least cleaned in the house.

/did-a-small-stint-as-an-adjuster-until-I-realized-it's-a-farking-souless-busin e ss


Well I wasn't gonna get all into the nitty gritty like that, but yeah it does all depends on the policy.

And yes, it was one of the most souless experiences I think I've ever had.

"You want me to lower this claim amount for this elderly womans destroyed home because even though the issue being an electrical fire starting in the garage in actuality the pipe that burst from the heat and flooded the basement is a flood claim?"

I have never wanted to cock punch anyone more in my life than when I worked there.
 
2010-01-11 11:53:11 AM  
Not only can southerners not drive, they dont know how to properly operate a simple fireplace.
 
2010-01-11 12:03:02 PM  
This sounds like a FAIL tag to me.
 
2010-01-11 12:11:38 PM  
timnovate.files.wordpress.com

Approves
 
2010-01-11 12:22:07 PM  
soaky55: How not to build a fire in your house.. In scouts we used one match and dried leafs

You used dried hockey players?
 
2010-01-11 12:54:44 PM  
jehovahs witness protection: FTA: officials said, but the house suffered an estimated $150,000 in damage.

To a $90,000 house?


Are they including the cost of demolition, or the cost of totally rebuilding the damaged parts?

But I'm certain that nobody could get a house built for $90k these days unless it was super tiny.
 
2010-01-11 01:32:09 PM  
jehovahs witness protection: FTA: officials said, but the house suffered an estimated $150,000 in damage.

To a $90,000 house?


In most of the country it IS possible to cause $150k of damage on a $90k house because those figures correspond to completely different things!

$90k is the value of the house. If someone had purchased it a week ago, they would have paid $90k for it.

$150k is the cost of rebuilding a NEW house in that same spot. This includes demolition, architecture, materials, construction, etc.

EXAMPLE :
I have a 2,000 sq. ft. house built in the 80's that is appraised at $113k. I pay insurance on $170k (not including items inside the house), because that is what my insurance company has determined a comparable construction project would cost today.

My parents live in an area where it's the opposite. The market value of their house is over half a mil, but they insure it for less than half that. The land is worth the rest!
 
2010-01-11 01:33:57 PM  
When I lived in Memphis, I heard of a guy who made a very poor decision on fireplace decoration. He decided a few Civil War-era cannonballs would look good stacked up by the fireplace.

They blowed up real good.
 
2010-01-11 02:27:18 PM  
ciocia: When I lived in Memphis, I heard of a guy who made a very poor decision on fireplace decoration. He decided a few Civil War-era cannonballs would look good stacked up by the fireplace.

They blowed up real good.


A lot of people seem to believe they are just solid metal balls.
 
2010-01-11 02:56:34 PM  
Skyfrog: A lot of people seem to believe they are just solid metal balls.

What solid metal balls might look like:
episteme.arstechnica.com
 
2010-01-11 03:17:58 PM  
lilbjorn: Approves

Darwin failed us this time. Not only did they not kill themselves, but apparently they already reproduced..
 
2010-01-11 03:36:25 PM  
IdBeCrazyIf: asleep71: Not to start a my-job-at-an-insurance-company-war, but it all depends on the policy. Some are replacement cost for structure and value at loss for personal property. For instance you had top-o-the-line windows, your insurance company has to replace with top-o-the-line windows. You have a high-end TV you bought for $3500 in 2004, you do not get $3500 for your tv, you get considerably less because it isn't worth $3500 anymore.

But you're right, it does add up, quickly. I feel sorry for the contents adjuster on any fire claim. Smoke is a biotch and everything will need to be at least cleaned in the house.

/did-a-small-stint-as-an-adjuster-until-I-realized-it's-a-farking-souless-busin e ss

Well I wasn't gonna get all into the nitty gritty like that, but yeah it does all depends on the policy.

And yes, it was one of the most souless experiences I think I've ever had.

"You want me to lower this claim amount for this elderly womans destroyed home because even though the issue being an electrical fire starting in the garage in actuality the pipe that burst from the heat and flooded the basement is a flood claim?"

I have never wanted to cock punch anyone more in my life than when I worked there.


I second the shrewedness of property insurance companies. What really gets me is that your elderly lady won't get what she needs to fix her house/move but some asshat lighting his own house on fire with gasoline will have everything replace.

/you will be green on my screen from now on
 
2010-01-11 04:51:18 PM  
asleep71: I second the shrewedness of property insurance companies. What really gets me is that your elderly lady won't get what she needs to fix her house/move but some asshat lighting his own house on fire with gasoline will have everything replace.

/you will be green on my screen from now on


Whats horrible is that if you thought property was bad, it quadruples in the auto/vehicle department. They look through every conceivable angle to try and dump or lower a claim for whatever reason they possibly can.

"Well since you failed to service the engine at the precise timing as dictated by the manufacturer...."

But I do have some dooseys of stories regarding claims. I once had a man who claimed a pack of wild deer attacked his RV and dented it to shiat. Another one who had a bear sleep in his SUV. But despite the small humor here and there I lost a piece of soul working there.

/I couldn't even laugh at Fight Club with the insurance recall joke cause its damn true
//Thanks for the green btw :)
 
2010-01-11 06:01:28 PM  
EliminateNinniesAndTwits: One of my goals in life is to not have my epitaph read "he made a very poor decision using gasoline"

thanks to the damn internet, I'm now living as carefully as I can. The last thing I want to do is have my demise make a headline on Fark. I'm not a particularly religious person, but i pray to invisible sky wizard, supreme universe architect, god, jehovah, allah, flying spaghetti monster that doesn't happen.
 
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