Tuesday, January 01, 2008

Neighborhood Drama

5 big fire trucks
8 suburban type fire trucks
500 idiots driving and walking over to see what’s going on
3 news vans
1 loser on her deck straining to see if she can see what’s going on

That is the summary of our afternoon. I came home from lunch with some friends to hear and see 2 fire trucks go screaming past my driveway to the back of our development. Then I sat in my living room, which is elevated giving me a good view of the neighborhood, and counted the vehicles go by. I never saw an ambulance or a police car. Only fire trucks... but no smoke.

I walked out on our deck to get a better view, but I couldn't really see anything -- only that they had all stopped at a house behind us and a couple down. I swear, every one of my neighbors walked, rode, or drove over to get a better look. I'm curious, too, but I wasn't about to go get in the way.

There were 3 news vans there, so I guess I'll check the news later to see what happened. This was VERY strange for our quiet little neighborhood.

I'll also work on another post about our New Year's Eve and New Year's Day.

Update: Here's what all the trouble was this afternoon...

Still-hot fireplace ashes cause house fire

A house fire today appears to have started from still-hot fireplace ashes, a Wichita fire official said.

A fire looks like it started from day-and-a-half old ashes dumped in a trash container outside the house.

Fire from the container, stored outside the back of house, "burned up the side of the house" and into the roof, he said.

"(The homeowner) heard some popping noises in the attic, and saw smoke coming down from the hood vent in the kitchen," Bricknell said.

Bricknell set preliminary damages at more than $100,000. The fire, which was contained to the attic, caused part of the roof to collapse.

At least one person was home at the time of the fire, Bricknell said. No one was injured.

Bricknell said the homeowner did everything right in disposing of fireplace ashes -- including placing them in a covered metal container outside the home -- except waiting longer for the ashes to cool.

"We recommend three days to dump ashes, at a minimum" Bricknell said.


Terry said...

So, you must have been the so called loser on the deck straining to see...... ha ha

Last night about an hour before midnight, we started hearing the local fire trucks.... several times throughout the night... Seems those rednecks do not know about fire prevention when using fire works...

suezque said...

G said he's sorry that he missed all the fire trucks! :-)

Sally said...

Terry - Yes, I was that loser...but at least I didn't go get in the way.

Suez - FIL happened to be here when the trucks started leaving, and he narrated what each truck was. It was funny!

Marge said...

I vacuumed up hot fireplace ashes once that had popped out of the fireplace and onto my new rug. That vacuum was a goner. D had a huge laugh over it...later, at least! I don't do that any more! :) Of course, we have a gas fireplace now.