Kansas man runs into burning building to save beloved Xbox

It seems that people are ready to go to extreme lengths to salvage their livelihoods in the tragic event of a house fire, but a man in Kansas took this to a new level when he reentered his fire engulfed home to rescue his Xbox. 

Personally, I would struggle not to stop to rescue my backup hard drives but in a fire big enough to cause $80,000 of damage, I'd probably stay put and suffer the consequences. Nevertheless, ABC15 reports the man only suffered from smoke inhalation, and dodged any long term injury or burns.

There is no word which Xbox model the man saved, but we expect that an Xbox One would be the most likely, unless of course the brave Kansas resident has coveted high scores and save games he didn't want to lose on his 360.

At least it was not the Xbox which caused the fire, and instead a fault with an electrical junction box, unlike instances where iPad Airs have caught on fire in store, and Samsung Galaxy S4s have exploded.

Source: ABC15 via tip from FaiKee | Woman standing image courtesy of Shutterstock

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That guy must be a complete idiot. The real owners of the planet earth smile in their distant luxury residences: consumer society and dumb slaves to serve the upper 1%: ACHIEVED!

Let it all burn. All my personal and professional files are backed up in the cloud, or in my desk drawer at work (encrypted). I have photographs taken of everything in my townhouse and those pictures are on my skydrive account. Insurance can match them up to my spreadsheet and we can settle that way.

That's what SkyDrive & Carbonite are for as backup services. I would watch it burn, knowing Insurance would cover my devices & programs, and backup services my data. Life is good in the neighborhood

I back up everything several times, with one copy staying offsite.

For those who use fireproof boxes, what internal temperatures do they get to in a fire, and is that temp okay for hard drives?

The answer is "it depends"...just google the model you're interested in as the more you pay, usually the better the protection.

Did the guy not have insurance? That would have covered the Xbox, and he wouldn't have had to risk his life.

Even without insurance, I sure as hell wouldn't be risking my life for it.

Everything is a) insured and b) backed up offsite.

If it's not backed up, I can get it again (e.g. purchased music, movies etc). Only thing I plan on stopping for if that ever happens is to make sure that family members and the cat are safely outside.

Hello,

Even though I have a (admittly wrong, on site) backups, I actually have a plan if this would ever happen:

Remove the 4 HDDs, remove the RAID card, and all into a plastic bag.

Tops 30 secs, at most.

riahc3 said,
Hello,

Even though I have a (admittly wrong, on site) backups, I actually have a plan if this would ever happen:

Remove the 4 HDDs, remove the RAID card, and all into a plastic bag.

Tops 30 secs, at most.


ASSUMING your home at the time...

Two words...Renters Insurance. Anything of materialistic nature, and non sentimental value, can be replaced. XBOX falls within this. Other than that, offsite backups even at a family members house is the way to go. I would make sure any family members are out of the house first, including animals, then any sentimental things if I had time.

techbeck said,
Two words...Renters Insurance. Anything of materialistic nature, and non sentimental value, can be replaced. XBOX falls within this. Other than that, offsite backups even at a family members house is the way to go. I would make sure any family members are out of the house first, including animals, then any sentimental things if I had time.

This. It's just not worth risking your life over...

techbeck said,
Anything of materialistic nature, and non sentimental value, can be replaced. XBOX falls within this.

How can you be certain it had no sentimental value?? Maybe it was bought by someone who died shortly after...

exotoxic said,

How can you be certain it had no sentimental value?? Maybe it was bought by someone who died shortly after...

That's kind of far fetched, and even if his dear departed grandma gave it to him he's still an idiot for risking his life over it. As the article said it was his "coveted high scores" he was trying to save.

Article title should be "Kansas manchild".

Gotta love my 248gb of SkyDrive. I know, I know, it's not a backup solution, I have a NAS for that, but it is a copy to "break open in case of fire" - at least until my free 200gb expires...

Pets and family, if I got hands free my Surface because I want to keep all the code written local on it. If I got more free with all that then I would get my Xbox.

MrHumpty said,
BackBlaze and insurance. Get your kids, pets, and keepsakes... Eff your tech.

I know.. I had a flood in my basement apartment one time and hauled out my huge XPS 720 desktop that was like $2500 and 2 years old.. Realized when doing the insurance that we had full replacement insurance and I could of got a brand new computer for the same cost.. Very sad day

Lachlan said,

I know.. I had a flood in my basement apartment one time and hauled out my huge XPS 720 desktop that was like $2500 and 2 years old.. Realized when doing the insurance that we had full replacement insurance and I could of got a brand new computer for the same cost.. Very sad day

But a valuable lesson was learned right?

Last year, when I was evacuated out of my house by the Fire Dept. for a gas leak, I ran to save my Surface tablet, my laptop, and my backup drive.

Dot Matrix said,
Last year, when I was evacuated out of my house by the Fire Dept. for a gas leak, I ran to save my Surface tablet, my laptop, and my backup drive.

Backup drive would be the only thing I would rescue, the rest while valuable.. wouldn't have as many memories saved to it.

also, I need to say this.. "Doge Matrix" I feel better now

Why is your backup drive at the same location as your primary if it's that important that you risk your life for?? After you do a backup you should take the drive and store it at work, family/friends house, etc away from the primary .. That way everything is not lost in case of theft, fire or other disaster. Then you just bring it back when you need to update your backup.

I do a local backup, Its not designed to be theft/fireproof.

Its meant for quick access to data I deem too valuable to have only one copy of
In the event of a real fire I walk past mine anyway, quick tug and very little delay on escaping

PsyOpWarlord said,
Why is your backup drive at the same location as your primary if it's that important that you risk your life for?? After you do a backup you should take the drive and store it at work, family/friends house, etc away from the primary .. That way everything is not lost in case of theft, fire or other disaster. Then you just bring it back when you need to update your backup.

Just don't really have access to another location. My drive is usually stored away in a fire proof safe, but on this particular day, I had it out to access. So, despite a Fire Marshall yelling at me to get out now, I grabbed it.

its not good idea to save your backups at same place!! what is that for?? ok that only help when your laptop or desktop hdd damages or when you accidentally delete your data or when your device got a system failure, but not in such this cases.

Edited by Khalid Gravi, Jan 27 2014, 10:03am :

yeah I'd rescue my backup drive as well, its worth it to get a little burned than loose everything on it. actually my backup drive is kept right next to a window so I wouldn't have to go into the house.

Khalid Gravi said,
its not good idea to save your backups at same place!! what is that for?? ok that only help when your laptop or desktop hdd damages or when you accidentally delete your data or when your device got a system failure, but not in such this cases.

I know it's not, but I just don't have the option.