posted on Jun, 8 2012 @ 04:46 PM
From the sparse report, it appears as if the vacuum cleaner that started the fire, was actually in a cupboard and not in use when the fire broke out.
Very odd. I can only surmise (and this is pure speculation on my part) that one of two things happened here.
The vacuum cleaner suffered a severe fault at the point that it was disconnected from the mains, which burned out a component in such a way as to set
fire to the rest of the machine, and the contents of the cupboard, from whence the fire spread.
Some substance, or combination of substances was sucked up by the vacuum cleaner, and combusted within the cleaning device, causing it to catch fire
itself, and to pass on the burn to the other contents of the cupboard, and eventually turn the incident into a four hundred million dollar balls up.
Seems pretty far fetched to me. There would have to have been a pretty serious short comming in the manufacture of the vacuum cleaner for it to be
capable of catching fire in an extreme way during a component burn out, and I highly doubt that a vacuum cleaner would be used to clean down an area
of a ship known to contain particulates of highly volatile chemical substances. I find the whole scenario utterly bizzare.