Friday, October 19, 2012

Yikes yikes yikes

I have been running errands for two days, not getting much else done.
I am not stressing about it, what's the use, right?

When I got home tonight, DH said "let's go to the pasta bar downtown for dinner."
If it involves me not cooking, count me in.
I like to cook, but not always.  Less and less, truth be known.
I like to cook certain things, and I love to bake.

So, in spite of the fact that it was pouring, and had been all day, we headed out anyway.

As we were driving downtown, I saw some smoke that looked out of place.    I slowed down, and saw that the smoke was rolling out from under a porch roof.  I pulled over, and we jumped out.
DH went to the house, pounding on the doors, and I called 911.

They asked me if there were flames yet, and just then, the flames exploded out the front window.  DH made his way quickly off the porch.  It seemed that no one was home.

 The firemen were there in 2 minutes.  I couldn't believe their response time.

Can I just tell you that fire is the most frightening thing.  If you have never experienced it, count yourself lucky.
I had a barn that burned to the ground one winter night, while I was home alone in the country.
I have never been so unhinged in my life as I was that night.

All the while, the rain poured down.   And I do mean POURED.

DH went next door to make sure there was no one home there, since it was only about 5 feet away from the fire.
Here he is getting away from it asap.

By the time we got to the restaurant, we were soaked through, and we smelled like smoke.

It was a relief to be away from the bedlam, and out of the rain.  And the pasta bar is amazing.

And a glass of wine didn't hurt, either.


Country Girl said...

OMG, Hilary. That's crazy. You were there just in time! Am so glad that nobody was home, but imagine coming back to that? Biggest fear of mine. Sometimes I lie awake worrying about it. Damn. It's intense stuff, isn't it?

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Anonymous said...

That's a wild day! I think I would need more than one glass of wine... Thank goodness no one was in the house!

Country Gal said...

Oh WOW ! How scary . I hope no one was hurt at all . So sad to come home and find this has happened. It is my biggest fear a house fire. Hope you got to enjoy your dinner after all that !

Karen said...

WOW, that is a scarey deal. Thank God no one was home!!... hopefully no animals, either. :-(

MarthaVA said...

I got chills! That poor family. Thank God you stopped and called 911! You're a good person. So is your hubby.
And you are sounding like things are NORMAL again! YAY.

Shuttle, Hook and Needle said...

Terrifying! I saw a friends home after it burned. It was heartbreaking.

Connie in Hartwood said...

How fortunate that the two of you were there when you were, though there is obviously a lot of damage anyway. You two undoubtedly prevented the fire from spreading to nearby homes.

Every year or so, when we torch our brush pile, I am awed by the power and the life of the fire. We always wait to do this when our son-in-law (the firefighter) can manage it for us ... helps with the nerves.

Now you've made me hungry for pasta. My, my that looks good.

DJan said...

How awful! The pictures tell the story very well. I too am glad to know nobody was hurt, but to come back to that? How very sad...

moosecraft said...

Fire scares the poop out of me too! Everything a person has can be gone in a flash... very relieved that no one was home and that no one got hurt.

messymimi said...

Fire is one of my biggest fears; bless you both for doing what you could.

MrsB said...

Yikes is right.
Right place, right time.
Synchronicity at work in the universe.

Tiggeriffic said...

Thank goodness today we have cell phones.. glad you were able to call 911 and the fire dept. came quickly.
Going out to eat is so awesome~! No cooking and no dishes.. Your pasta looks delicious~! yum yum~!
Have a tiggeriffic week-end ~ ta ta for now from Iowa:)

Hilary said...

Yikes indeed. What a horrible experience. I'm grateful that nobody was home.

Susan said...

I share your feelings about this event. A few years ago, on Christmas Eve, I needed to run to the grocery store and my DH said he'd drive me. Just a mile up the road, we saw flames shooting up on a house, but saw lights on in an addition, so my DH ran to tell them their house was on fire and I called 911. Apparently, they had started a barbeque, but went inside to watch the game! It doesn't take long for a house to go up as you have seen. Made me wonder how careless people can be for the love of television!! I'm glad you had a relaxing evening--your meal looks wonderful and I would have needed a glass of wine too. XOXO

Rita said...

Fires are terrifying! Firemen are to be commended for their bravery, that's for sure. Fires scare me to death. They so quickly become an inferno. Glad no one was home or hurt. Dinner looked delicious. :)

Anonymous said...

We had a fire several many years ago ~ at 3 AM a police officer was making his rounds and saw that the roof was blazing away, woke us up, said "get your purses ladies, and get out" Saved our lives. I bless that man every time I read about another averted tragedy. Thanks for being there, Hilary.

Ann Boyajian said...

Wow, what a scary and surreal fire. Sometimes cell phones are good things.
Your pasta is making my mouth water!

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