There are 4 or 5 calls you never want to get or dread to answer - the death of a parent or child must rank at the top but a house fire is probably in the top 5.
We got that call on Good Friday. We had planned our FLA vacation for months and managed to get away on schedule at 6 pm on Thursday night. By bed time, we were in Lima, OH and by 8:30 am on Friday only 70 miles from Cincinnati when my cell phone went off. It was my backyard neighbour.
At 7:30, my next door neighbour, the deputy fire chief for Brantford, was relieving the dog and noticed smoke pouring from the roof vents of our house! He called it in and the boys arrived in force in minutes and saved the house. However, the garage and my 06 LT were done!!!
We did a quick exit and turned back home. The garmin estimated 6 hours and we pulled into the driveway at 2 pm on sched (no traffic at the bridge!)
What a mess. The house had filled with smoke and was unlivable but intact thankfully. The garage - now that is another story. It was a total write-off. I nearly cried when I saw the bike, melted from the battery back.
What is this? Did the BMW cause this mess? No, say it can't be true!
Long story short - the fire investigator concluded that the conflagration started in the area of the battery. He ruled out the charger but speculated that the battery itself was the culprit. The theory is that somehow, it exploded or shorted or in some way caused a spark that in turn ignited the combustible materials that compose most of the non-structural elements of the LT. Once the fire melted the fuel lines, it was all over.
There obviously is more to come (we just returned from our vacation that our agent advised we re-start) and I am not looking forward to the hassles to come. Shopping for a new bike will be the tension reliever in this process.
No morales - just questions. How could this happen - the bike had been on the charger since January? should I get another LT? Will the house ever not smell of smoke?
I will keep you all posted and offer this as a warning. Maybe disconnecting the battery for storage is the best way to go. If I had done that, I would be riding tomorrow.
I have one picture that I will attempt to provide. I think it will be the only souvenir of this LT I will have.