I used to do 10 hour days on the ice and have witnessed more than my fair share of stupid 'Darwinesque' acts. I have actually been there to witness an ice house explosion. Missed another by less than 5 minutes. I have seen a fair number of them burned down ton the ice. I even saw one explode followed by burning down to the ice. That was my favorite. A very popular way to build them for resorts is a wood framed house with plywood interior then the spray foam and paint the exterior. It gives them kind of a lumpy look. Anyway, I was heading for the resort's houses this happened to at about 70 on a snowmobile when one house went 'BOOM!', knocking the front wall right out of the house followed by the four fishermen from in it tumbling over each other the get clear of it. The next thing you know it is fully involved in flames. I think the foam may be the reason why, but they could pretty much sweep it up and carry the remains off in a grocery bag in a matter of three minutes.
I saw another one that had right before I got there, had blown the front wall off also. It was a sheet metal sided version a resort from over in Bostic Bay had. They had four or five guys in that one and other than one of them looking like a had a bad case of alopecia and had laid in a sun tan salon for about two hours more than he should have, were none the worse for wear. Same with the one that burned down. They were all in need of some eyebrow work and a new haircut, but seemed to be pretty much OK. This house in the article if you look at the picture is meant to be hauled for as many miles as you want to over the highway. It was constructed a whole lot more solidly than the others I have seen blow up. I think that's why the difference in the outcome for the occupants. In fact the sunburn guy
cleared the house by a good 15' according to the bomber driver I talked to. He didn't even hit the wall, it was already gone when he went sailing by.
Bombers are the local slang for tracked ice vehicles they haul customers onto the ice in.
Speaking of ice house heaters, I'm using one and three electric heaters to keep my house from freezing up right now. When my house was hit by lightning this last summer, it did more damage than originally thought to my furnace. Something it did to the inside caused unburned propane to escape inti the heat exchanger and then ignite. I thought it was because of all the electrical damage it did but I fixed that. It did it again and swelled the snot out of the heat exchanger. My Babe Winkleman autographed photo came off the wall in my tackle roon and hit the floor. It's a goner. I don't get a new furnace installed till Thursday or Friday. We got down to -18 last night so that's par for the course. These things never happen when it's an easy temperature to combat. Based on how Murphy's law works, it should warm up ohh.... Saturday.
I should write a book on all the things I have seen on the ice and at boat accesses over the years before I forget them all. Some of it is really funny.