Ferrari battery charging destroys home -- check those chargers gentlemen

Discussion in 'Canada' started by crazy canuck, Jan 19, 2014.

  1. crazy canuck

    crazy canuck Formula Junior

    Jun 20, 2005
    West Coast Mobile

    From today's news

    Can't tell what kind of f it is from the video,

    But hope it didn't belong to someone here
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  3. mik458spider

    mik458spider Formula 3

    Jan 13, 2013
    That's why I never want to leave the charger plugged to the car. I will charge until full, usually over night, and unplug it. Charge again in about 3-4 weeks.
  4. MS250

    MS250 Two Time F1 World Champ
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    Horrible, at least no loss of life involved.

    Poor family, and neighbors.

    This owner is beside himself to no end.
  5. Zxgarage

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    Jan 21, 2011
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  6. crazy canuck

    crazy canuck Formula Junior

    Jun 20, 2005
    West Coast
    From the cbc website:

    "Ferrari battery charge fire destroys B.C. luxury homeExclusivity comes with a cost: No hydrants available to fight fire in waterfront neighbourhood
    Jan 18, 2014 9:14 PM PT

    A multimillion-dollar home in an exclusive B.C. waterfront community between West Vancouver and Lions Bay was destroyed after a fire broke out in the garage, where the homeowner left his Ferrari's battery charging.

    No one was home when the fire started, but neighbours in Strachan Point said the doors of the garage suddenly blew out at around 11 p.m. PT on Friday night.

    Firefighters said they could do little to save the home due to a lack of water access — there are no fire hydrants in the 17-home unincorporated community.

    "There's no water supply in this community so we weren't letting our people go into the building," said Lions Bay Fire Chief Bob Allen.

    The Lions Bay Fire Rescue Department brought almost 4,000 litres of of water in its two trucks and the West Vancouver Fire Department brought another 4,000 litres, but it was only enough to stop the flames from spreading to nearby homes.

    "We could have saved the home if we had water down there, proper water down there," said Lions Bay firefighter John Friesen.

    Firefighters ended up pumping water from the ocean, and a Vancouver Fire and Rescue Services fireboat also responded, pumping water from Howe Sound and helping to contain and put out the fire.

    Strachan Point Estates pays no municipal taxes and has looked after itself much like a strata since 1971, which means that if there is a fire, homeowners must pay the fire departments that respond.

    It was the community's first major fire, but fire officials estimate the cost for the response could exceed $100,000.

    Map: Strachan Point Road, Howe Sound, B.C."
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  8. DenisC

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    #6 DenisC, Jan 19, 2014
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    Stupid, Don`t all trucks have the capability of pumping 'lake/pond/ocean' water, the house was right on the water,

    usually even the smallest of country fire departments have those rigid pipes on the side for that specific purpose. Sounds political to me.
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  9. F40

    F40 F1 Rookie

    Apr 16, 2003
    They pumped water from the ocean, and a fireboat was there as well.
  10. DenisC

    DenisC Formula 3

    #8 DenisC, Jan 19, 2014
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    If you look at the CBC report and read the article, Yes they did use ocean water, but only later when the house was a lost. the pumper trucks were used to save neighbouring houses

  11. ferrarilover

    ferrarilover F1 Rookie

    Nov 5, 2003
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    Christopher Bailey
    so the question remains, was it the factory supplied charger or aftermarket?

    a late friend of mine had a 430 Spider. He found the charger supplied by Ferrari with the car absolute garbage, was hardwired in and would not charge the car.

    He purchased 2 chargers from - wait for it ----- Cdn Tire, and I hardwired one into the 430 and one into his wifes Mazdaspeed Miata. He had no further charging issues with the Cdn Tire chargers. In fact, when he put up the car for consignment at FoO prior to his passing last year, even the dealership used his charger.

    So I'm wondering if the owner of this burnt house and car had the factory supplied or an aftermarket charger?

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  13. Zxgarage

    Zxgarage Formula Junior

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    Weird story... hard to swallow the whole enchilada.
  14. Peter

    Peter F1 Veteran
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    Dec 21, 2000
    B.C., Canada
    Global News in their report state it was a replica (article title says "model", but TV report says "replica") Ferrari:

    Model Ferrari blamed in fire that destroyed waterfront mansion in Lions Bay |

    Real or fake, be very careful when using battery chargers. When I charge my 308 after it sits for a couple of weeks, I NEVER leave the home. In fact, usually I'm working in the garage on something else while it's charging. Talking with a Lamborghini owner a couple of years ago, something happened with his charger (or the battery itself), that the battery started to smoke and start spilling the acid out, nearly causing a fire...

    Nothing fishy about the area or politics. There are many areas surrounding Metro Vancouver where people live year-round that are unincorporated.
  15. crazy canuck

    crazy canuck Formula Junior

    Jun 20, 2005
    West Coast
    Would the battery start smoking due to overcharging ?

    Cause I think most of the chargers have those auto shutoffs don't they ?

    But if they didn't could this cause a fire ?
  16. starboy444

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  17. PbPedis

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    I wonder how many times this has occurred. Only having the thing on when you're at home keeping an eye on the car kind of defeats the purpose of having it IMO. Mine is on 24/7 all winter, every winter.
  18. ClassicFerrari

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    Ok, so there's a positive note to this story...the world has one less fake Ferrari. Perfect!
  19. SWB

    SWB Formula Junior

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    So a Fiero based Ferrari AND a Golf based Audi were both BBQ'd! I'd start looking for the replica fire hydrants. :)
  20. bernardo66

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    #17 bernardo66, Jan 21, 2014
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    I've had mine for years now, no issues!
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  21. godabitibi

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    Jan 11, 2012
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    Claude Laforest
    I have the full automatic intelligent model. I love it. It restore a sulfated battery in some case. It stop and start automatically when the battery need it. It tell you if the battery is defective with codes. Great buy.
  22. tjacoby

    tjacoby F1 Rookie

    Nov 1, 2003
    Vancouver Canada
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    Hope his fake ferrari/fiero was insured. My ICBC rep warned me of the scenario; if the car did NOT have storage insurance, and decided to burn the house down - homeowner's insurance does not cover the house damages.
  23. AceMaster

    AceMaster Three Time F1 World Champ

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    No loss of life is the main concern.
  24. taz4432

    taz4432 Rookie

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    People knock CT products but this is one of them that I can say hasn't failed me in many years of use - I've got an older one like the one pictured above and then one of the new 'intelligent' ones which is actually quite fancy relative to the old one.

    The best part is the 'start' feature for those -40 days when our diesel truck just doesn't wanna start.
  25. GerryD

    GerryD Formula 3

    May 5, 2010
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    C-tek chargers are the way to go and they are sold at Canadain Tire. As for getting water to that fire....that takes time as you have to get the truck within 10 feet or so of water without losing the truck and get the hard suction hose in. Then they had to relay pump to the fire. Takes too much time and house is gone.
  26. Gmaccormack

    Gmaccormack Formula Junior

    Nov 30, 2010
    Who lives in a multimillion $ waterfront house and drives a fake Ferrari? And how many fake Rolexes did he loose in the fire? These are the questions that keep me up at night.
  27. GerryD

    GerryD Formula 3

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    Good thing no lives were lost or there might have been some fake boobs lost.
  28. YVR_Schumi

    YVR_Schumi Karting

    May 20, 2012
    British Columbia
    Funny, a lot of local friends actually made the opposite comment when the initial story came out.. more like "why would someone with a Ferrari live in that place?" Of course like most people my friends think that Ferrari = $300k no matter what, but the implication is that (sadly) $2M for a detached house in Vancouver doesn't buy you much.

    You'll likely find a lot more (real :)) F-cars in condo buildings or houses well north of $2M.

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