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More bad news, Droider's shop fire

Discussion in 'Recreational sUAS Flyers Discussions' started by Bartman, Jan 7, 2013.

  1. Bartman

    Bartman Welcome to MultiRotorForums.com!!

    Jan 5, 2011
    New Jersey, USA
    Posted by Bartman, Jan 7, 2013 #1
    I regret to have to report that our good friend, supportive moderator, and all around jolly chap Droider suffered a total loss of his workshop last night. His shop was in his detached garage so the house wasn't touched but everything associated with Dave's exploits over the course of the last 30 or so years was lost in the fire. He also suffered burns on his hands while trying to grab a few heli's on the way out.

    Insurance will partially cover the loss and he's more in shock than anything at the moment but please keep Dave in your thoughts this evening as he sorts through the situation and works to get back on his feet.

    If you read this Dave, hang in there and we're here if you need any help or assistance.

  2. Posted by Benjamin Rowland, Jan 7, 2013 #2
    That's horrible. So bummed to read this! Glad there aren't any major physical injuries. Hang in there, Dave. We're thinking of ya.
  3. ZAxis

    ZAxis Member

    May 28, 2011
    Shropshire, UK
    Posted by ZAxis, Jan 7, 2013 #3
    Having known Dave for a good while now this is a really shocking thing to happen. Dave has put so much effort into creating his fleet and business it is just the wrong for it to happen to him.
    He has been a source of help and reassurance over the years and I hope he'll be back in action as soon as possible.

    So ... to Dave ... hang in there and if you need any help, just shout.

    Andy and Lec
  4. meme

    meme Member

    Feb 17, 2012
    Posted by meme, Jan 7, 2013 #4
    Damn, this is bad news!!!! Hope his hands will be ok soon as well i wish him to get back flying soon!

  5. Maverick

    Maverick Member

    Apr 18, 2012
    Posted by Maverick, Jan 7, 2013 #5
    This is terrible news!!! So sorry to hear about this Dave. And he is so meticulous in his builds, and so very helpful here on the forum, and in person.
    I had the pleasure of meeting Droider at 2012 multirotorforums meet uk, and he is a gentleman, and a truly decent bloke. He is so passionate about his interests, he will bounce back, better than ever.
    Chin up Dave.
  6. Bartman

    Bartman Welcome to MultiRotorForums.com!!

    Jan 5, 2011
    New Jersey, USA
    Posted by Bartman, Jan 7, 2013 #6
    he's bouncing back as we speak.
  7. Stacky

    Stacky Member

    Mar 30, 2011
    Posted by Stacky, Jan 7, 2013 #7
    I hate hearing news like that, hope it all gets sorted Droider.
  8. Jimbodiddly

    Jimbodiddly Member

    Dec 27, 2012
    Posted by Jimbodiddly, Jan 7, 2013 #8
    Gutted for you Dave, hope you get things sorted, thoughts are with you mate.


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  9. crcr

    crcr Member

    Jun 22, 2011
    Posted by crcr, Jan 7, 2013 #9
    This is really bad news and very sorry to hear this Dave. Our thoughts are with you and hope you get it sorted soon.

    @Bartman, do you know what caused the fire?

  10. Bartman

    Bartman Welcome to MultiRotorForums.com!!

    Jan 5, 2011
    New Jersey, USA
    Posted by Bartman, Jan 7, 2013 #10
    No, not yet. We've emailed back and forth a little but I haven't asked.
  11. DucktileMedia

    DucktileMedia Drone Enthusiast

    Jul 20, 2011
    Posted by DucktileMedia, Jan 7, 2013 #11
    I'll go ahead and ask. Anyone know if it was lipo related? Hang in there bud.
  12. Aviator

    Aviator Member

    Jul 10, 2012
    Posted by Aviator, Jan 7, 2013 #12
    A similar thing happened to someone else on another forum, that was lipo related.. Its sickening to hear when these things happen, it makes you think twice about your own property and whether it is ok? At least Dave and his family are safe and hope things get back to normal soon for him...
  13. Tomstoy2

    Tomstoy2 Member

    Dec 9, 2011
    Erie, Colorado, USA
    Posted by Tomstoy2, Jan 7, 2013 #13
    Ah man, so sorry to read about this! Just gutted to find out about it!!!! Hang in there Dave, and get better soon! I already miss your inputs and exploits! You are in my prayers.
  14. kloner

    kloner Aerial DP

    Jan 5, 2012
    San Diego
    Posted by kloner, Jan 7, 2013 #14
    Sorry to hear the bit of luck Dave
  15. Gump

    Gump Member

    Sep 14, 2012
    Posted by Gump, Jan 8, 2013 #15
    It saddens e to hear of such a loss. You can get back the funds or the pieces, but you can never get back that time.
    Was it a Lipo related incident? I'm starting to become very nervous about Lipo's, even ones left unattended with a storage charge on them. I think its time I get a few ammo boxes and actually store all Lipos inside when not in use and for transport.
  16. DucktileMedia

    DucktileMedia Drone Enthusiast

    Jul 20, 2011
    Posted by DucktileMedia, Jan 8, 2013 #16
    Hey, maybe instead of winning something in the next contest we can do a fund raiser for the fallen tribe members. maybe a paid entry?
  17. quadcopters

    quadcopters Quadcopters.co.uk Drone Specialists

    Apr 3, 2011
    Posted by quadcopters, Jan 8, 2013 #17
    Ive spoke with Dave about this and he is not yet entirely sure of the cause but he did say no lipos where on charge at the time , the only thing was possibly a laptop charger plugged in but not connected to a laptop.
    There was a mention from the fire brigade it could possibly be even something like linseed putty that can self ignite but this is only from an initial chat with Dave so nothing is factual at the moment sorry guys.
    Dave will post more info I am sure when he back on here , But it is nice to read so many kind words and support left on this thread for Droider.

  18. Posted by Roger Ramjet, Jan 8, 2013 #18
    Really sorry to hear that Dave. I have been reading your long adventure with the world of remote flying and always enjoyed your stories. I say you come back twice as strong! How is that!

    Prompt recovery with your hand and I am very happy that your family is safe.

    Great idea IrisAerial, why not!
  19. ChrisViperM

    ChrisViperM Active Member

    Posted by ChrisViperM, Jan 8, 2013 #19
    Terrible to hear about this....it's bad if your garage is on fire (thank god the house is ok), but if business and your "tools" going goes up in flames is a real tragedy. Hopefully he is not badly hurt. I am sure there is enough members here on the forum to give him any kind of support to get him back on the feet and make him smile one day again....
    If I can do anything, please let me know...

    all the best....and stay strong....you got family here

  20. AndySV1K

    AndySV1K Member

    Apr 24, 2012
    Posted by AndySV1K, Jan 8, 2013 #20
    Really sorry to hear this news Dave, hope you're not badly hurt. The heli's and the tools etc can be replaced (come on, you love building these things anyway!).

    Hope you manage to get everything sorted through insurance. You know where we are if you need anything.


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