I just finished fixing a small shed (converted dog house) for gasoline storage (for the lawn mowers) here at our home base. I usually keep it where ever the last place I use it, but I am remembering what my mama said, “God looks after his children, and some other foolish people.”
In Key West we lived in a duplex. The only thing joining the two units was the carport and storage area. One night I was up to use the bathroom and thru the bathroom frosted glass window I could see flames. I immediately yelled ‘FIRE EVERY ONE OUTSIDE’, I told Sherry to get the boys and I was going to call the fire department when I heard the sirens and the trucks arrive, they had been called.
The fire started where the neighbor had run a cheap power cord under his door to a freezer he had in the carport. We had only smoke damage inside but the storage room was destroyed along with some tools.
When the fireman broke the door off our storage shed he immediately yelled ‘GASOLINE’. I had two RED 10 gallon gas tanks stored in the storage building. I grabbed the chief’s arm and said, “It is water!”
He asked, “For REAL?” and I said yes. He could not believe it. There was a standing rule for the houses, any gas containers stored inside must be emptied and filled with water, very few people actually did it. In truth that was the first time I had ever done it, but it saved our house and car. Immediately I thought of what mama said, and at the time I felt God was looking after one of the foolish people.
Most humans think, “That will not happen to me.” Now I know fire happens.
I have one more fire story, maybe tomorrow.
Have you ever experienced a fire? My brother did, they lost most everything. That must be devastating, all your pictures, and things from your past.