Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Thank you, Engine 69

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We almost lost our house tonight.

[The Man I Love] came home, drove into the carport as usual, got out of the car and came in the house. By the time he had walked across the kitchen, he smelled smoke.

We ran down the back stairs to find smoke pouring out from under his car's hood. I ran back upstairs and called 911, then got the little fire extinguisher from beneath the sink, and gave it to him while I talked to the dispatcher.

Soon, the engine compartment was in flames. Despite the fact that the dispatcher warned us not to try to use the extinguisher or the garden hose, he sprayed down the area, and the hood. The carport is underneath our living room. If it had gone up, the house would have gone up.

Cooling it down - it will stay hot for a while
All is well. Jack is safe. We are safe. The house is safe. More later. But - hey - the guys at LA County Fire Station 69 in Topanga Canyon are AWESOME!


Mingus said...

Big thanks to our neighbors, S and L, who contributed another fire extinguisher and stayed with us throughout.

Natasha in Oz said...

Oh my goodness, I'm so glad you are all OK. Thank God we have these wonderful and brave people protecting us!

Best wishes,

ifthethunderdontgetya™³²®© said...

Well that was a close call!

Glad to see everyone is ok.

sjcallander said...

close call glad you are all ok

une femme said...

Oh my gosh, how terrifying! I'm so glad you and Engine 69 were able to contain the damage.

Linda said...

Glad everything turned out ok.
well except the car.

Max said...

Glad to hear no one was hurt, and that the house was undamaged too.

smalltownmom said...

How frightening! Do you know what caused it?

Jason, as himself said...

Yikes! What caused the fire? That's a new car!

I'm so glad your home is intact and that you're both fine.

Dusty,Hells most vocal Bitch said...

Damn, who knew you shouldn't use a fire extinguisher to put out a fire?

Glad you all and your humble abode are safe.

I did smirk at the Engine Co's number however.

Found ya via Bouffant's blog. Glad I did. ;-)