Hey folks, thanks for all your support. Yes the heater was definitely the culprit. The Osyssea 500w aquarium heater. It is a digital thermostat unit which is comprised of 4 components. The piece that failed was the temperature control connector. FYI
--this unit did not short out--It simply overheated enough to ignite the cabinet. The circuit breaker didn't kick until the water poured out the back. Incidentally the water extinguished the fire instantly before the 20 or so fireman even had a chance to figure out what was going on. Fortunately the fire was contained to the wall directly behind the tank but the smoke damage was tremendous. The whole office is covered in suit. I will contact the manufacturer if they can be located. "Made in China" It will be initially more so a courtesy call to make them aware of the unit failure. I doubt I will be sueing them myself. My insurance company will probably want me to subrogate as replacing the tank is probably just a fraction of the total cost for repair of my office. Re: luntiz comment--no it wasnt a vho
issue, look at the pics closely, particularly the bottom right of the cabinet, fire travels up, not down. Additionally, LR
was pulled immediately and hauled off to the LFS
. The owner of the LFS
was awakened by my wife at 3am. He was here in less than 10 minutes, laying the rock in his very new minivan right on the carpet, within 1/2 of getting access to the tank the LR
was already sitting at the LFS
holding tank. Those are the kinda people I like to do business with. Kudos to him, The LR
was the ONLY thing that appears to have been salvaged from this mishap.
Anyway--Thanks again for all your comments, Please--get those heaters out of your tanks and off the shelves of the LFS
. Also note that the cause of this fire was determined with immediate conviction by the local fire & arson investigator who has appeared on national telvision shows for his expertise in his field. Upon close inspection it's a no brainer what started the fire.