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Originally Posted by oilonly View Post
Mark was the garage door opener the final culprit? Just wanted to know as i have been telling friends to be wary of their garage door openers.
The official fire inspector dude tried to re-create how the fire flowed, looking at materials and where the damage seemed to progress....and most importantly trying to link some action to the fire starting. The 'action' in this case was me exiting the garage only minutes before via the garage door opener.

He inspected inside the opener motor and found what he pointed out as thin gauge melted wires, commenting on how the manufacturers don't use a heavy enough gauge to the motor internals. Any short or overload could easily cause those wires to superheat but since they're small enough gauge, it would't trip a normal 20 amp breaker and would instead just heat up and melt. But for all we know those wires simply melted in the inferno, since the motor was directly above the 930 and a tankfull of gas.

This was the guy's best guess, and in my mind it's inconclusive unless the plastic lamp shields on either side of the garage door motor caught fire and dropped to the ground (first bouncing off the hood of the 930), and landing in some burnable material (I had some wood pieces and some coils of rope on the ground along the wall next to the car).

I don't buy it. I also had three flourescent light fixtures hanging from the ceiling and one neon beer light lit, plus a 220V space heater on a thermostat. The fixtures are FUBAR and the heater did not show signs of any trouble. And oh....battery tenders on both the 930 and the Harley. The top of the 930 gas tank survived and the spare tire was only partially burned, so he's not blaming the battery tender there anyway. Hell, for all I know somebody was lurking in the bushes...just waiting for me to leave....and gas-soaked my Mistubishi in the driveway, which burned through the garage door and lit the 930 instead of the other way around. My mind doesn't even want to go there.

Sure wish we could find an 'ah HAH!' moment, I would sleep better at night. This just sucks a big schlong.....
Mark H. 1987 930, GP White, Wevo shifter, Borla exhaust, stock everything else. The result of a massive Pelicanite good will fire recovery effort. Truely an open book, ready for the slippery slopes to modification.
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