Sad loss of a young life in Roof Top Tent here in the Kimberley

A young bloke lost his life last night when his car caught fire whilst he was sleeping in his roof top tent. A lot of us have these and the thought is sickening.
I think a sharp knife would be now a must-have stored in the pocket up top, I know it would be very difficult to rip my way out of my Roof Top Tent with bare hands if I woke from the smell and sound of a fire blocking my only exit.
I only hope he never woke and did not suffer in his passing.
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Reply By: Hairy (WA) - Sunday, Jul 01, 2012 at 15:46

Sunday, Jul 01, 2012 at 15:46
bleep !......Its not something you would think about.
Having a knife somewhere handy would definitely be a good idea in any tent.
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Reply By: Allan B (Member, SunCoast) - Sunday, Jul 01, 2012 at 16:55

Sunday, Jul 01, 2012 at 16:55
Strange that seeking more info, I can find no reference to this on the internet media or Google. What was your reference?

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Follow Up By: Kurd - Sunday, Jul 01, 2012 at 17:18

Sunday, Jul 01, 2012 at 17:18
Reported on thewast.com.au as a 57 year old man who was injured in a roof-top tent at Telegraph Pool on the Fitzroy River.

Died in hospital from burns received in the incident.
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Follow Up By: Allan B (Member, SunCoast) - Sunday, Jul 01, 2012 at 17:32

Sunday, Jul 01, 2012 at 17:32
Thanks Kurd. theWEST.com.au actually.

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Reply By: Member - Daryl N (NSW) - Sunday, Jul 01, 2012 at 17:22

Reply By: Bonz (Vic) - Sunday, Jul 01, 2012 at 18:01

Sunday, Jul 01, 2012 at 18:01
Wow would like to know what caused the car fire, I have one of those and sleep with a knife all the time anyways, but I'd rather not have the fire in the first place.

Condolences to the family what a tragedy
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Follow Up By: Wayne's 60 - Sunday, Jul 01, 2012 at 19:44

Sunday, Jul 01, 2012 at 19:44
Hi Bonz,

Ditto to finding/advising the cause of the fire.

Would a smoke detector have helped?

Condolences to the family.

Regards,
Wayne & Sally.

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Reply By: SDG - Sunday, Jul 01, 2012 at 18:56

Sunday, Jul 01, 2012 at 18:56
Not a good thing to happen.
Was it the car catching fire, or the tent itself? No mention in that news link.

If the tent itself, wether from smoking in bed, faulty electical product, whatever, would not matter wether it was a roof type tent, or not, so sounds like an idea to have a knife handy regardless.
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Follow Up By: Scooter13 - Sunday, Jul 01, 2012 at 19:17

Sunday, Jul 01, 2012 at 19:17
SDG - was thinking that myself.

My Open-sky could be exited either through the front or back or side windows if needs be in an emergency. All are zippered and large enough to get through..
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Reply By: Member - Phil G (SA) - Sunday, Jul 01, 2012 at 20:42

Sunday, Jul 01, 2012 at 20:42
Pretty unusual.....just wondering whether he was running a 3-way fridge off gas in the back of his vehicle - seen a couple of vehicles burnt out by these in years gone by.
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Follow Up By: Member QLD Steve & Lorraine Mc - Monday, Jul 02, 2012 at 07:56

Monday, Jul 02, 2012 at 07:56
Hi Phil,

I would say you would be on the money with the 3 way fridge, we know of two people who have lost their vehicles running them on gas in a enclosed enviroment. Three months ago on the Balonne Hwy I stopped a dual cab conversion landcruiser, because of the smoke coming out of the covered in tray. After 3x fire extingushers we watched it, burn to the ground.
And yep the fridge in the back was running on gas all covered by sleeping bags etc, etc,.

Lesson well learned & expensive.

Cheers Steve.

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Reply By: wizzer73 - Monday, Jul 02, 2012 at 09:50

Monday, Jul 02, 2012 at 09:50
Here is the perthnow link to the story.
perthnow story
Very trajic.
The story maybe suggesting a generator or electrical equipment may have contributed to fire.

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Reply By: River Swaggie - Monday, Jul 02, 2012 at 20:05

Monday, Jul 02, 2012 at 20:05
Its very sad...A smoke detector (roof) in the vehicle may help...But some people are right,until there is a first you wouldnt even think about it...
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Reply By: GT Campers - Tuesday, Jul 03, 2012 at 09:46

Tuesday, Jul 03, 2012 at 09:46
A tragedy but I don't think a smoke detector would be much use in most camping situations due to wood fires etc
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Follow Up By: Allan B (Member, SunCoast) - Tuesday, Jul 03, 2012 at 10:00

Tuesday, Jul 03, 2012 at 10:00
I have a smoke detector in my Troopy (We sleep inside it) and NSW regulations now require all vehicles used to sleep in require smoke alarms.

However the type I used is photoelectric (not ionisation) and it alarms when travelling on dusty roads. Have not had a problem from campfires though, possibly because I keep them well away from the vehicle.

Because of the false-alarms I am going to replace it with an ionisation type and see how that goes.

I certainly feel that it is an essential for any vehicle that is used to sleep in whether it be motorhome, caravan or camper trailer. An electrical fault can produce toxic vapours even without flame and many a car has gone-up due to an electrical fault.

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Reply By: Member - d_p_gardiner - Tuesday, Jul 03, 2012 at 11:26

Tuesday, Jul 03, 2012 at 11:26
Will be one to watch out for the Coronors findings or Police report, these days they are pretty good at finding out causes.
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