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Fire in the barn

Postby Fordman » Sun Nov 12, 2017 7:58 pm

Woke up this morning to a fire in my barn. Killed one of my dogs and almost got my other one. I have been restoring a 51 cub and was to the part of getting the front axel under it, putting the radiator on and starting it for the first time. One of the rear tires burned off and put a heavy black soot on everything. I am sure the tractor got some heat but don't think it was that much. I couldn't stay there and investigate much once I got the fire out, but tomorrow I plan on taking a better look at the damage. Engine, trans, finals, all had been rebuilt. Can any of you guys think of things I should look for to tell if the tractor is badly damaged?

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Re: Fire in the barn

Postby staninlowerAL » Sun Nov 12, 2017 8:36 pm

Sorry to hear of your misfortune. Maybe things will look better when you are able to investigate. Good luck with the recovery.

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Re: Fire in the barn

Postby Eugene » Sun Nov 12, 2017 9:08 pm

Sorry to hear about your fire.

You can assume that any seal or gasket near the burning tire are gone. As far as damage to the stamped metal and cast iron, to many variables.

I have an old hog barn used for tractor and equipment storage. A previous owner put straw in the ceiling as insulation. Son and I were talking about fire extinguishers and the straw in the ceiling the other day. Son said that if the building catches on fire, just get out. Nothing in there worth a life.
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Re: Fire in the barn

Postby Drfting1 » Mon Nov 13, 2017 4:24 am

Sorry to hear about your dog
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Re: Fire in the barn

Postby Stanton » Mon Nov 13, 2017 7:42 am

I'm sad to hear this news of loosing one of your dogs and property. Any idea of the cause?
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Re: Fire in the barn

Postby Lt.Mike » Mon Nov 13, 2017 7:47 am

Sorry for your pup. Damn.
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Re: Fire in the barn

Postby T-Mo » Mon Nov 13, 2017 8:06 am

I'm sorry to hear this. I hope, at least the one dog is okay and wasn't injured in the fire or effected by the smoke.

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Re: Fire in the barn

Postby Matt Kirsch » Mon Nov 13, 2017 10:03 am

A rule of thumb I've heard from rural firemen that deal with tractor fires is that if it got hot enough to burn the tires, the tractor is scrap. The heat weakens the cast to the point where the tractor is not safe to operate.

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Re: Fire in the barn

Postby Willy » Mon Nov 13, 2017 10:21 am

Sorry to hear about the loss of your dog.

A few years ago, my brother in law had his tractors under a shed attached to his shop. A Cub, a Super A and an old Ferguson. His shop burned down while he was at work, but the firefighters did manage to get the tractors out from under the shed before they were destroyed. All three had a lot of paint burned off, needed rewiring and the battery cases melted. I'm not sure if he had to replace any seals or not, but the majority of the damage was on the engine end of the tractors. I think some tires had to be replaced as well.

He got them back to running and still uses them with no problems and he doesn't baby them.
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Re: Fire in the barn

Postby Fordman » Mon Nov 13, 2017 10:44 am

Thanks for all the support! It appears that a deep freezer was the cause of the fire. One rear tire burned completely off the tractor but what is weird is that the wiring harness shows no damage. Granted the harness was only connected to the dash and the wires were hanging. Took my other beagle to vet this morning and he has ulsers in his eyes and lots of soot in this lungs. I am very lucky he made it out. When something like this happens it sure makes you appreciate what you have. I'll post some pictures when I get up enough nerve to go back in there. Thanks again guys!

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Re: Fire in the barn

Postby rockfarmer » Tue Nov 14, 2017 8:24 am

Sorry to hear about the loss of your dog! Hopefully your tractors will be ok.

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Re: Fire in the barn

Postby Cubfriend » Sat Nov 18, 2017 7:29 pm

So sorry to hear of your misfortune. Darn freezer! So hard to deal with loss of a pet. Prayers go out to you and yours. Sincerely, Frank
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Re: Fire in the barn

Postby mozer71 » Wed Jun 20, 2018 6:27 am

I read your loss. I am entirely sorry for that. my laptop is burning up. I accidentally put a smiley instead of sorry :(

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Re: Fire in the barn

Postby Frozenstate » Wed Jun 20, 2018 8:01 am

Eugene wrote:Sorry to hear about your fire.

You can assume that any seal or gasket near the burning tire are gone. As far as damage to the stamped metal and cast iron, to many variables.

I have an old hog barn used for tractor and equipment storage. A previous owner put straw in the ceiling as insulation. Son and I were talking about fire extinguishers and the straw in the ceiling the other day. Son said that if the building catches on fire, just get out. Nothing in there worth a life.


Every out building, and every home should have at least one fire extinguisher. It may be your life saved by it and your building.
To many times a fire is found small and because of no means to quickly put it out there is major lose.
Please, if don't have one, get some. They cost a little now and could be worth a life later.

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Re: Fire in the barn

Postby Waif » Wed Jun 20, 2018 9:30 am

Dang shame loss of a hound there. sorry to read it.
Time will tell on the tractor.


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