1st fire on our road ever!
I've held off posting this for a couple days, I kinda wanted to get it digested and squared away before posting it.
Wednesday evening wifey and I went out to eat at the local 99s, (I'm a sucker for their Buffalo chicken). Anyway we made our way home around 7pm and ambled slowly and uneventfully along our road gloating to each other about how even after the mess of another winter out yard still looks better than anyone else's.
As soon as we got into the house wifey yanked off my boots, (haven't worn them for so long I didn't think I'd get them on let alone off). Quickly changed out of the good clothes and happily got back into my "crazy bag lady's slobby husband clothes so I could walk Sophie.
I got out onto our street and headed out to the head of our road. Once I got onto the street I saw some wisps of whitish smoke coming from a couple house down and crossing the street into the woods. The 1st thing that came to mind was they're barbecuing again, (they barbecue yr rnd).
By the time I made in front of our closest neighbors house a big cloud of whitish smoke billowed out and across the street into the woods. My 1st thought was Oh ****! and started running toward the house. As I got into their front yd I tied Sophie off and continued running toward their driveway.
The Mrs. came running out of the house from the side door screaming as someone from the next house down came from around his fence and asked her if anyone else was in the house. As 1st I ran into their yard I saw a hose and tap on the gable end. As I turned to run for the tap a burst of flames blew out from the driveway gable and torched the 10' arborvitae to a cinder.
Within a few seconds it was obvious that the hose wasn't connected and that it didn't make it past the front door. So I yelled I'm going to get my hose I'll be right back. I brought Sophie home, grabbed our hose reel thingy from the front yrd and headed back and a gallop. By the time I got half way back to the house I was sucking air big time, (what a lousy time for "Pal wake up you are so out of shape call)
Shortly after getting back into their yrd the young man and I got the hose hooked up and turned on. Wouldn't you know the flames had run up the gable to where the electrical lines tied into the house and melted them off the house with sparks and a couple pops. NO WATER!!! Everyone on our road has well water.
The Mrs, don't know her name yet, they're getting married this May, (all the women on the street surrounded her and apparently found and folded all the laundry) had dialed 911 within seconds of exiting the house. Wifey carries her cell everywhere so she coughed it up to the poor woman so she could try to get hold of her family.
I feel bad for them, it took the fire department nearly 15 minutes to show up, (less than 2 miles away) then it took them another 10 + minutes to get a hose out and running. They had moved into the house less than a yr ago, complete renovation.
Never bite the hand that looks dirty!
The more you know the more you're worth