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My life ended today - my complete pinball collection burnt down


By german-pinball

4 months ago



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    #1 4 months ago

    The worst thing in my life happened today. Tonight our whole Pinball hall burnt completly down. ALL about 100 machines destroyed by fire and water. NOTHING to rescue, all gone, last 14 years gone ...

    I do not even get the chance, to go into the house; an excavator has started to demolish the whole house because of collapse danger. I was not allowed, to rescue at least parts from the excavator shovel, backglasses, cabinets, just crushed ...

    Floor ceilings broke through the house and destroyed everything. I friend of mine informed me this night, the hall is about 15 km away from my home.

    NO insurence for the pinball machines ... I am completly down ... Why did that happen to me?

    Tons of PCBs, plastics, Playfields, Hardware ... ALL AWAY forever ... My complete Gottlieb SYS1 collection including my loved AAAAA destroyed and gone forever.

    You cannot imagine, how I feel today ... Only my little 9 year old son Ingo junior gives me strength and keeps me upright ... I could cry the whole night long ...

    Nothing will remain of the house, my work from the last 14 years, all ended ...

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    #2 4 months ago

    So sorry for your loss........but I'm glad you and your son are all right.

    John

    #3 4 months ago

    Ughhhh... I'm so sorry. I'm absolutely gutted for you. Like John above said though, I'm glad you and your family are okay.

    #4 4 months ago

    Important thing is that you and your son are fine.
    Everything else is secondary.
    Very sorry to see this though.

    #5 4 months ago

    I am so sorry to hear this. Awful - thank goodness you and your family is safe.

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    #6 4 months ago

    The pinball machines were just material things - feel blessed that your family is OK. When you feel down, think about how much they mean to you and to what you mean to them.

    I suspect that over time, you will rebuild your material things -pinball machines, cars, pictures, etc. For now, feel blessed that everyone is fine. You have survived and will survive.

    Sorry for your material loss.

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    #8 4 months ago

    Oh no! Awful!

    #9 4 months ago

    Thank you all for your concern ...

    As said, my family and me are physically OK ... we live in another town ... the pinball hall was a fromer factory building we especially bought for our pinball machines ...

    However, our nerves are blan like never before ...

    If I catch the bastard who did this to me, he will not be happy anymore ...

    #10 4 months ago

    That's awful - sorry to hear!

    Why no insurance on the games though? Was the building not insured or just no contents insured? What about your own home insurance?

    #11 4 months ago

    Unbelievable, so sorry this happened. I am happy you and your family are ok.

    #12 4 months ago
    Quoted from Tuna_Delight:

    That's awful - sorry to hear!
    Why no insurance on the games though? Was the building not insured or just no contents insured? What about your own home insurance?

    Building was insured, but not the contents

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    #13 4 months ago

    I don't have words that will comfort you. I am sorry you suffered such a terrible loss.

    LTG

    #14 4 months ago

    Terrible news any collectors worst nightmare. Hopefully you can find joy in the hobby again.

    #15 4 months ago

    Oh man, sorry to hear that Ingo!

    Someone intentionally burned the building on you???

    #16 4 months ago

    OMG!!! That is terrible!
    How do they think the fire started?
    I'm glad that you and your family are okay and that this place was away from your physical home.
    This is just awful, I can't imagine how you must feel. Gutted I think you said is probably close...ugh...
    My heart goes out to you man...
    Keep us posted on what the fire department finds out

    #17 4 months ago

    Wow!!! Pinball Brother... so sorry to hear about your loss.

    So happy to hear no one was hurt. Pins can be replaced, not family.

    Our thoughts are with you and your family, during this stressful time.

    #18 4 months ago
    Quoted from EvanDickson:

    ... Someone intentionally burned the building on you???

    I do not know, but I think so. I have not been there for 1 year (little time), my friend sometimes looked for the hall. Complete electricity was always switched off, only on, when we were there. I exclude an electrical error 100%.

    Luckily I have most of my electronic equipment for my pinball projects at home, also the Gerber-Files for my boards and all parts are here ... only the machines and many many WPC-95 boards ... nearly complete Gottlieb SYS 80 collection and my most loved Gottlieb SYS 1 machines ...

    I am completly down ...

    #19 4 months ago

    Sorry to read and see this. Awful no matter what the contents of the home were.

    #20 4 months ago

    That is horrible. So sorry to hear

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    #21 4 months ago

    Sorry to see this Ingo.
    I understand you put a lot into accumulating and caring for these games.
    Truthfully this is a loss to the entire hobby when a bulk of games like this is lost.
    I hope the upcoming New Year will provide you with a better outlook and fresh start.

    #22 4 months ago
    Quoted from ChipScott:

    ...
    How do they think the fire started?
    ...

    Firemen think, that it was a car (!!!) that stood near the house and the car burnt ... BUT I do not believe that ... I ask myself, why the roof burnt first, though i was not there, I was informed 5 hours later, but I saw the video firemen posted on fachbook ... and I did not allow anybody, to park a car in this private ground ...

    Police was there too ... I know, I will have the damage ... I do not want any money from insurance, I only want exactly my machines back ...

    #23 4 months ago

    Very sorry to hear of your loss. I hope you get some answers.

    #24 4 months ago

    Truly a devastating loss. So sorry to here this. As others have said just be glad no one was harmed.

    #25 4 months ago

    I feel your pain , brite side is this was not your house and collection together like most of us have

    #26 4 months ago

    So sad. Such a loss. I’m sorry.

    #27 4 months ago

    Oh my goodness...words cannot describe this loss, for you personally and for the hobby overall.

    #28 4 months ago

    Hope you start over.

    #29 4 months ago

    That is the saddest thing I have seen for some time. Sorry for your loss.

    #30 4 months ago

    So sorry my pinball brother!

    I am happy your family is safe and no lives were lost.

    #31 4 months ago

    So sorry to hear about your situation -- Even though it is a physical loss of stuff it definitely strains the emotions.

    Is is normal in Europe for firefighters to post a fire scene on facebook? Back in my firefighting days I don't think we ever would have considered posting people's tragedies online for others to see.

    #32 4 months ago

    I am so sorry. I can’t imagine how awful you must feel.

    #33 4 months ago
    Quoted from TractorDoc:

    So sorry to hear about your situation -- Even though it is a physical loss of stuff it definitely strains the emotions.
    Is is normal in Europe for firefighters to post a fire scene on facebook? Back in my firefighting days I don't think we ever would have considered posting people's tragedies online for others to see.

    Must be be normal, in one picture the firefighter seems to be smiling for the picture.
    Sorry for the loss of your collection.

    #34 4 months ago
    Quoted from TractorDoc:

    So sorry to hear about your situation -- Even though it is a physical loss of stuff it definitely strains the emotions.
    Is is normal in Europe for firefighters to post a fire scene on facebook? Back in my firefighting days I don't think we ever would have considered posting people's tragedies online for others to see.

    Not normal in Europe, but this was a report site of the police for information purposes only, not meant bad by them ...

    #35 4 months ago

    So sorry to hear this, a terrible loss. I'm glad you and your family are ok. I cannot even begin to imagine how you feel, I get its more than the machines, but also all the work you must have put into them...you become so attached to them. Hang in there.

    #36 4 months ago

    I forgot to say, that some rooms in the front of the house were leased, luckily these persons were all rescued. I just found a first report in the newspaper online here ... the pinball hall was more in the back of the building complex ...

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    #37 4 months ago

    No one got hurt is the silver lining. Building is insured, fantastic. You will take a loss on the pins but luckily you can afford it. Things could be much worse my friend. Sit down for a nice meal with your family and talk about how good you guys have it. Material stuff gets in the way, I'm glad nobody was hurt.

    #38 4 months ago

    Omg, I’m so sorry...weird thing is I literally have an application sitting on my desk for collectibles insurance. I think I may fill it out tonight now.

    #39 4 months ago

    I’m
    So sorry.

    Wow.

    #40 4 months ago

    Ingo:

    I am so sorry for you. You are one of the true gentlemen of this hobby and a brilliant creator.

    This makes me very sad.

    #41 4 months ago

    I am sorry to hear of your loss, very happy that no one was hurt.

    When I was sixteen my home burned to the ground And I moved in with my grandparents for awhile.

    I lost everything material at that age. Except my family.

    I'm glad you also did not lose anyone.

    #42 4 months ago

    My sincere condolences. I am always worried about that happening to me. It's very difficult to insure anything collectible. The insurance companies usually overcharge on the premium and underpay if anything bad happens.
    Seeing that ruined my whole evening, what a horrendous loss. There's really nothing anybody can say to make you feel better. So sorry.

    #43 4 months ago

    I’m so sorry. I truly wish this never happened. You can always rebuild you’re collection.

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    #44 4 months ago

    Oh my

    That's awful--very sorry to hear about your loss

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    For anyone who does not have their collection and other valuables insured--do it today. Don't wait, don't say you'll get to it next week, do it now. It's not that expensive and it only takes a few minutes. Two insurance companies that seem to be able to cover collectibles are state farm and collectinsure.com. Make sure to ask about both fire and flood coverage. If you have off-site storage or storage units, those can be covered as well.

    Often times, collectibles and other valuables are not included under the standard home/renter/building insurance, or they are only covered by a low cap of around $1000-$2000.

    Be sure to note serial numbers and take photos of everything and put those in a safe place off-site, such as a safe deposit box. Get a USB flash drive to store the data, and update it every quarter. The insurance company won't need that info until you actually file a claim.

    #45 4 months ago

    Sorry for your loss. Thankfully no one was hurt. It’s only material things.

    I just had all my insurance updated to proved agreed value on my machines. Had to take pics and gather all the paperwork. Quite a task.

    When you rebuilt your collection be sure to insure.

    #46 4 months ago

    100 games, must be one of the largest private collections in Europe

    i am sorry for the fire, but in a few days you will start thinking about rebuilding your collection

    #47 4 months ago

    Why no insurance? So sad.

    #48 4 months ago

    That really blows dude, sorry.

    It’ll be fun putting together a collection again, in time.

    #49 4 months ago

    Sorry for your loss pinball brother.

    #50 4 months ago

    So sorry for your loss. This can happen to anyone, and so quick. I’m glad no one got hurt, but this is truly deviating.

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