Grill Fire Ignites House, Watch The Fire Spread

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Pleasant Garden, NC --  You've heard it over and over: don't put your grill too close to your house. Now you can see why.

The Pleasant Garden Fire Department set a house on fire for training purposes.

"It's amazing how something goes up quick like this, " says a neighbor who pulled up a chair to watch the training exercise.

"I was thinking about bringing the grill and roasting marshmallows," he adds.

Funny you should mention that, 2WTK did bring a grill. The firefighters put hay on the grill to start the fire.

"What we're simulating is when people put their grill too close to a home, " says Fire Chief Ray Smith.

When firefighters tell you it's dangerous to put a grill too close to a house, they're not blowing smoke.

The video shows the siding as it pulls apart and literally begins sweating.

"The vinyl heats to the point where it gets to the eaves and the attic space of the house and from there through the house."

The simulation took just a few minutes. About the time it takes for you to put the meat on the grill and go inside to check on the kids, get a drink and get the veggies ready to put on the grill.

Think about that, it happens so quickly! Think about this, the average house fire burns at about 1,000 degrees.

It's estimated the Arizona wildfires are at minimum a 1,000 degrees but could easily make it to 3,000 degrees at some point.

Just to give you perspective, Greensboro Fire Chief Todd Lynch got out the thermal imaging camera and pointed it at items we all have in our homes.

"The coffee maker is showing an average of 118 degrees. We're going to pan quickly to the stove where we left the back burner on. It's 840 degrees on the stove top itself."

Surprisingly, the stove top is hotter than the oven.

"Open it and we see it's 600 degrees."

But it's the wave of hot air from the oven that makes it feel hotter than stove. Chief Lynch says multiply that oven temperature by 3 and add in 120-degree air temperatures you come close to the situation in arizona.

"When you're talking structural fires, you're talking plastics and wood that burn off heat. But in a wildfire, you have the big outside elements you have winds that can shift."  



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