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    Shelley Hodgson - heraldsun.news.com.au - 6th June 2005

    A BACKYARD mechanic working on his ute caused an LPG leak that blew up his home yesterday.

    The blast lifted the Hallam house 15cm, overturning furniture and blowing out brick walls and windows.
    Four people inside were thrown into the air, hitting their heads on the ceilings, but were not injured.

    The blast ripped through the house, in Albert Rd, about 1.15pm.

    Tenant Ricki Stanley, 26, and his mate Damian Jackson, 22, said they would have been killed if they had not left the garage minutes earlier.

    They went inside for a coffee just before a fireball engulfed the garage.

    "We were sitting there chatting away, and Kaboom! " Mr Jackson said.

    "The next thing we knew, the whole lounge room was turned upside down. We were on the floor and the whole house was falling apart."

    Mr Stanleys partner Shellie Sugden, 23, was thankful their two-year-old son Tyrone was not home at the time.

    She was sleeping when the explosion tore her room apart.

    "I thought I was dreaming actually," Ms Sugden said. "I looked up and half the wall was gone -- all the plaster was cracked in half and falling off."

    The house will have to be demolished with damage estimated as high as $400,000.

    Mr Jackson was helping Mr Stanley, a former assistant motor mechanic, remove the tray from his ute when the LPG line was ruptured.

    "I noticed I pierced it (but) I couldnt turn it off at the tank," Mr Stanley said.

    He knew the tank was full -- carrying about 95 litres of LPG -- but decided to have a quick coffee before trying to prevent more gas escaping.

    As they sat inside waiting for the kettle to boil, gas leaked under the house until it found an ignition source, most likely the pilot light on the hot water system.

    CFA spokeswoman Anthea Brown said the CFA estimated the house was lifted 15cm by the blast.

    Mr Stanley said that was no exaggeration.

    "It felt like I came off the ground three foot.

    "There are big cracks in the wall where it actually lifted the house and dropped it."

    Mr Stanley had to kick the bedroom door in to free Ms Sugden.

    Justine Singh, 23, who also lives in the house, said it was "like someone set a bomb off under the house".

    She said the walls began caving in while pictures and furniture were sent flying.

    "It was pretty scary. If we didnt get out wed probably be dead."

    The four fled through the front door and climbed over a pile of rubble to safety.

    About 25 firefighters battled to bring the fire under control.

    Ms Brown said the occupants were incredibly lucky not to get hurt.

    Ms Sugden was able to salvage all of her sons belongings -- including precious photographs taken at the hospital as he battled to survive after being born prematurely.

    "I almost lost my little boy -- I needed those pictures," she said.

    Mr Stanley said it was lucky he and his mate decided to go inside for a coffee. "Someones looking after us."

    And he had a warning for other would-be home mechanics.

    "Dont touch LPG -- keep away from LPG. Im never touching it again. Its taken everything away."


    from: http://www.heraldsun.news.com.au

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    Re: Coffee SAVES!

    well done guys :P

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    "I noticed I pierced it (but) I couldnt turn it off at the tank," Mr Stanley said.

    He knew the tank was full -- carrying about 95 litres of LPG -- but decided to have a quick coffee before trying to prevent more gas escaping.
    He would be my nomination for the "nearly" Darwin Award.

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    Mr Jackson was helping Mr Stanley, a former assistant motor mechanic, remove the tray from his ute when the LPG line was ruptured.
    Whats a ute?

    With brains like this I think its only a matter of time until one or the other of them qualifies for a Darwin Award.

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    Re: Coffee SAVES!

    Ute?
    The great Aussie Utility, something like a "pick-up" in your part of the planet but utes are mostly a variation on a family car not a small truck. Think... wagon with the back cut-off :)

    http://www.uteman.com.au

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    Re: Coffee SAVES!

    Ah! Now it all makes sense! ;D

    Java "I see the light!" phile

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    Re: Coffee SAVES!

    Ute is short for utility vehicle.

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    Re: Coffee SAVES!

    You could do a few simple "search and replace" surgeries to this story - using words and terms *such as "Poundy", "Commercial coffee roasting machine", "foolishly located in a domestic situation" "self-confessed caffeine addict" " a relieved Mrs Poundy"
    "without regard for his own or his neighbours safety"
    and youve got *a story we might be reading sometime soon !! ;D ;) *Whaddya reckon!!!

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    ;D

    Luckily, no. Weve had the "almost" incident, a few singed eyebrows resulted, but nowhere near a 3cm lift of a house. Thats some serious explosion......

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    Re: Coffee SAVES!

    You just didnt use a big enough tank of LP! ;D

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    Re: Coffee SAVES!

    " The blast lifted the Hallam house 15cm"

    Not 3 cm....



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