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iMac Survives Fire; Burnt, Melted, Fully Operational

By - Source: Tom's Hardware US | B 78 comments

It's just a little melted, it's still good!

With the ability to destroy everything you own in record time, house fires can be devastating for sure. Though losing your computer is probably the least of your worries if your entire house burns down, there's still a small chance your baby might survive.

The Unofficial Apple Weblog reports that when Swedish resident Anders Norman's whole house was destroyed in a fire, his iMac survived.

In a translated piece from, Norman writes:

"Unfortunately, the whole house and all things in there completely destroyed, so even the iMac. What's funny is that it is still in operation. While damaged from smoke and dust and partially melted, but yet, however in operation.

After I plugged in the burned power cord and wiped off the worst dust from the screen I pressed the melted start button. Imagine my surprise when the startup sound sings from the speakers! The screen turns on and the machine connects to the wireless network.

The mouse works flawlessly and the scroll wheel as well. Firefox starts and I take up the article from the local magazine about the fire ... Fantastic!

On Friday I bought a new iMac at the Apple Store here in UmeƄ, which I now rejoice."

Check the pictures of his disfigured but very much alive iMac below. More pictures available on

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  • 52 Hide
    cichy69 , February 16, 2010 5:01 PM
    even fire doesn't want to touch that mac $h1T ;]
  • 35 Hide
    Mousemonkey , February 16, 2010 4:54 PM
    It's improved the look of the thing though. :) 
  • 33 Hide
    deadlockedworld , February 16, 2010 4:51 PM
    now THAT is a custom case :-)
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  • 33 Hide
    deadlockedworld , February 16, 2010 4:51 PM
    now THAT is a custom case :-)
  • 23 Hide
    dman3k , February 16, 2010 4:53 PM
    I call this BS. We need verification.
  • 35 Hide
    Mousemonkey , February 16, 2010 4:54 PM
    It's improved the look of the thing though. :) 
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    ashrafpasha , February 16, 2010 4:59 PM
    So what? it took apple so long to make something like this and they did not even realized it. Dell and IBM machines have been tested in labs, directly under fire. Works fine.
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    SneakySnake , February 16, 2010 5:00 PM
    hopefully he can still claim insurance on it :p 
  • 52 Hide
    cichy69 , February 16, 2010 5:01 PM
    even fire doesn't want to touch that mac $h1T ;]
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    zelannii , February 16, 2010 5:02 PM
    Smoke damage, enough heat to melt the plastic from the keyboard keys, but yet not enough to com bust the mouse, and it clearly wasn't wrapped in flame or on fire itself, just in proximity ot the heat (and given the limited melting, I;d say not in the same room as the fire at all).

    A total loss for a home does not mean it burned to ash. Anything not make of metal or glass would be destroyed by smoke and water, and be unusble, even if it wansn't itself burned. A PC, enclosed in an entirely metal and glass case, and far enough away from direct flame as to not self-ignite and suffer only limited exterior melting (radiant, not direct heat), likely as long as it also avoided significant water it would work. Having been on a desk and not under it, and not having a plastic screen like LCDs, yea, not surprised it's working.
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    dman3k , February 16, 2010 5:03 PM
    Apple and Quality is to Tang and Orange. It's artificial!

    Of course most drivers work when you only have so few choices.
  • 13 Hide
    pbrigido , February 16, 2010 5:04 PM
    New modding trend? Maybe. Just don't look at me to follow along.
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    theafricandude , February 16, 2010 5:05 PM
    "Today here at Apple we have a machine that has survived a fire and still works. Isn't that amazing everyone." Question: "Do they survive shipping from Apple?" Answer: "................"
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    brendano257 , February 16, 2010 5:08 PM
    +1 for Apple build quality. I put my old Ipod Nano through the washer and dryer while it was on, still works to this day. Although I upgraded a while ago, it's still kicking around somewhere. However, the headphones do NOT appreciate the dryer...they curled and solidified in an odd manner unfortunately.
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    extremepcs , February 16, 2010 5:08 PM
    Not even fire is compatible with a mac...
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    itadakimasu , February 16, 2010 5:09 PM
    how is the screen not destroyed?
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    mac_angel , February 16, 2010 5:10 PM
    surprised Apple didn't offer him money for it. Make a great public relationships spin
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    outlw6669 , February 16, 2010 5:12 PM
    Why do yo need Verification, are you afraid Apple's Quality far Exceeds that Microsoft computer you

    Microsoft makes the Operating System, NOT the computer.
    Both Microsoft's OS' and Apples OSX run on the same hardware.

    Or are you trying to tell me that if he had Win 7 installed Steve Jobs would have started the house on fire just to rid the world of such blasphemy :heink: 
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    JohnnyLucky , February 16, 2010 5:18 PM
    Did anybody click through and take a look at the rest of the images? It wasn't much of a fire.
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    ionut19 , February 16, 2010 5:24 PM
    Exactly, there wasn't much of a fire. That locks like 2 carpets ware on fire and filled the hole house with smoke. There is furniture there that is just full of smoke but not many burn marks so..that means it is a smoky PC not a meltdown resistance proof "MAC". Check the rest of the pictures so that you will see for yourself. (I wonder how much money did that guy received for that news..:) ) )
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    ionut19 , February 16, 2010 5:29 PM
    crazymechI'm amazed at all the irrational apple hate here on tom's.

    It's not hate, it's "getting sick of MAC-MAC-MAC" and their "interesting" advertising..
    Personally I don't hate them, I just like the rest more:) .
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