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23 February 2009 @ 08:15 pm
My husband and I are heroes!  
Hubbie is working nights from home this week so he was playing with the baby in his room when I got home from work.  After I changed, I joined them and all three of us played until it was time to feed the little guy dinner.  The TV in the living room was off (a rarity at this time of the day) and we were all enjoying the calm without kids songs blaring in the background.  While I was feeding the baby, hubbie was re-heating our leftovers for us to have for dinner.  While he was throwing something in the garbage can, he hears a crackling sound coming from outside.  I thought it was the food sizzling in the microwave and was about to dismiss it when hubbie looks out the window and exclaims, "The next-door neighbor's house is on fire!" and goes running to the front door.  He runs out and then quickly comes back in and dials 911 and hands me the phone telling me that he's going to get our hose to see if he can help keep the fire at bay.  So, I'm on the phone with the 911 operator who transfers me to the fire department.  I tell him that the neighbour's lawn and possibly the front corner of their house is on fire and our address as calmly as I can.  Who knows, I was pretty panicked so I probably sounded near-hysterical.  I would love to hear a replay of my call.  Lolz.  Its very windy today and every time there was a gust, the fire flared up and spread across the lawn, heading towards our house.  Once I get off the phone, I yell out to my husband to spray down our wooden fence that is right there so it wouldn't catch.  It then dawns on me that we don't know if anyone is home or not, so I put on my shoes and run over there and pound on the door.  Our neighbor answers calmly like nothing is wrong and I'm like, Dude, you're house is on fire.  Amazingly, my husband managed to put the fire out with our garden house moments before the fire department showed up.  I have to say, that was an incredible response time.  It was seriously two minutes from the time I called until they arrived.  It turns out, they guy's oil burner had a puff back and it spewed hot embers out of the metal exhaust chimney onto the lawn.  The firemen inspected everything to make sure it was completely out before leaving, but there is now a huge burned patch of grass and melted vinyl siding on that corner of the house. 

Now here is the crazy part.  One any other day, we probably would have never heard anything.  For whatever reason, our decision to not turn on the TV and have some quiet family time probably saved not only our neighbour's house, but our's as well from a potental disaster.  My husband and I are still shocked at what happened, but we both kept level heads and did what needed to be done. 
Current Mood: impressedimpressed
Jukebox: zuko-surprisejukebox_csi on February 24th, 2009 02:11 am (UTC)
OMG!!!! I'm so GLAD y'all are ok and the houses didn't burn! How lucky you decided to turn off the TV. Man! It just...really brings home the fact that anything can happen in the blink of an eye.
evilkat_meowevilkat_meow on February 24th, 2009 02:44 am (UTC)
I know! It's nice to have something go right for a change. The only downside is that I'm now paranoid that this guy's house is going to blow up in the middle of the night.
Fran: Limitless Dayfranwi on February 24th, 2009 02:40 am (UTC)
Wow, way to go! It's hard to believe you guys could hear what was going on when the homeowner had no clue! Definitely lucky you were able to stop it before it got too destructive. Yikes.
evilkat_meowevilkat_meow on February 24th, 2009 02:47 am (UTC)
He was probably watching TV, lol. I was really getting worried that the fire was coming our direction the way it spread so quickly every time the wind blew. Yikes is right!