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04/18/2007 02:59 PM ID: 61896 Permalink   

Rookie Plumber Burns Down $12 Million Mansion on His First Day


A 17-year-old rookie plumber has begun his career by accidentally burning down a $12 million waterfront mansion. Initial indications are that the blowtorch he was using in the roof ignited expanded polystyrene foam.

The building was burned to the ground in minutes despite the attentions of 60 firefighters. A spokesperson for the owner, Andrew Brownsword, said he was unhappy about what had happened but did not believe the young plumber acted with malice.

"I heard it was started by a teenager on his first day. You have to feel sorry for the poor lad. He must feel terrible," a neighbour said. Nobody was hurt in the incident.

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btw the "L" in plumber shouldn't be capitalized
  by: m.i.a.elite     04/18/2007 03:28 PM     
  by: leparsdon     04/18/2007 03:39 PM     
  I thought  
I had a bad day... ouch
  by: JBish   04/18/2007 03:42 PM     
  Fixed the typo....  
  by: Lurker     04/18/2007 03:43 PM     
  He must have been  
smoking some of that plumbers crack. <badda boom>
ok, that sucked, I'll crawl back into my cave.
  by: Valkyrie123     04/18/2007 04:50 PM     
there isnt even words for how much do do he's!
  by: chrisharbin   04/18/2007 05:03 PM     
This seems very fishy to me. I think this was the plan all along for the homeowner.
  by: mc9454   04/18/2007 06:23 PM     
Not an insurance job. He'd just spent money renovating it for use as a hotel. The guy doesn't need any more money. He's the creator of a very well known line of cards here: "Forever Friends"
  by: vgslag   04/18/2007 07:30 PM     
  Feel sorry  
for the guy. I mean, we all made mistakes our first couple days of work, but something like this. Ouch...
  by: seniorgato     04/18/2007 07:58 PM     
I say it everyday at work (WHSmiths). The card industry is the one to be in...
  by: Eidron   04/18/2007 08:46 PM     
  Reason #4,342...  
...of why it's important to hire contractors and service providers that are bonded and insured.

Biggest question: Is the plumbing company bonded and insured to cover $12-mil?
  by: CArnold     04/18/2007 10:05 PM     
  Sounds to me like the building codes  
need to be looked at if the place can burn that easily.
  by: walter3ca   04/19/2007 12:15 AM     
That expanded foam stuff burns quickly.
That was the main fuel in the fire at The Station, a nightclub in Rhode Island. Foam accoustic tiles in the ceiling.
They were ignited by a flashpot being used by the band Great White.
In less than twelve minutes 100 people were dead. Trapped by a locked exit door and overcome by the fumes from all the synthetic material in the building.
Nasty business.
  by: White Albino   04/19/2007 12:33 AM     
good insulation, but you can cut it with a hot wire so it wouldn't stand up to well against a blowtorch!
  by: jendres     04/19/2007 01:11 AM     
The drum effects made a smile, buts thats all that did : P
  by: Zmethod     04/19/2007 03:50 AM     
Maybe the plumber will "crack" you a smile.
  by: Valkyrie123     04/19/2007 01:10 PM     
Is on the role ladies and gentlemen.


"L" Thats, for the Lad to paste it on his forehead. For the time being.
  by: kinko     04/19/2007 02:21 PM     
that ruins that carreer for him.
  by: Mister crank     04/19/2007 04:57 PM     
  $12m house burns so quickly?  
You would think that a $12m home would be built with more fire protection!
  by: sheba0907   04/19/2007 05:05 PM     
Sorry, I just love to crack plumber jokes…oops my bad, I did it again. I know it is evil of me to make plumbers the butt of my humor…oh damn, I’ll start over. Four faucets and seven butt cracks ago….alright I’m bad, somebody spank me. I just have to ask, why is it all the plumbers I know have huge bellies and no butt, and they seem to wear no belt and hip hugger pants that accentuate their butt crack. It this a macho thing? There are certain things I would like to know before I die. Any plumbers out there care to fill this old fool in?
  by: Valkyrie123     04/19/2007 05:37 PM     
Anyone found a picture of this place yet?
  by: mikkitaz   04/19/2007 09:40 PM     
Start a log fire in your fireplace. Check back on it in a few hours.

It looks like that.

  by: CArnold     04/20/2007 02:23 AM     
I'd die laughing if he was there to install a sprinkler system.
  by: machiavelli     04/24/2007 08:13 AM     
  The crack joke...  
Plumbers actually don't have cracks exposed... This is one trade where physical fitness is required...
  by: Syphon   04/28/2007 02:19 AM     
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