|Forum topic by Bob42||posted 12-31-2010 03:54 AM||1053 views||0 times favorited||7 replies|
12-31-2010 03:54 AM
My wife, son and I went yesterday to visit our former Pastor for Christmas in upstate NY. Well, it wasn’t without an event. After visiting for a couple of hours my son and I went upstairs to fix her computer. We were working for about a hour when my wife and the Pastor came up to see our progress. That took about another 15 minutes. So we then headed downstairs and it smelled like something burning. I went to the basement to check the oil burner and there was a slight haze at the top of the stairs but that wasn’t it. so I went back up the stairs and when I turned to close the basement door I saw black smoke coming out from the door frame of the bedroom next to the basement.
I was very surprised to see that being I just passed it and saw nothing. To make a long story short, She had a candle lit in the room to help remove the dog odors along with a HEPA filter. A little over kill being that it’s only two small dogs. I yelled that the room was on fire and to get me a fir extinguisher and then get out but the Pastor said her dogs were in there. So, she tried to get passed me but I grabbed her and pushed her out, then I got the dogs then went in and put out the fire. It was a small couch and part of the wall and picture that was lit by a candle that dripped onto the couch and lit it.
The reason I didn’t see the smoke originally was the HEPA filter was scrubbing the smoke and pulling in the fresh air from under the door feeding the fire until it got clogged. All my years as a volunteer and professional firefighter FDNY, I haven’t seen that one. We called the local FD to ventilate the house. She can’t stay in the house until the cleaning company is done cleaning it all up. They wont be done until Monday or Tuesday. The blessing is that no one was hurt not even the dogs. By the way her smoke detector batteries were low and didn’t go off.
My concern has always been candles. She says they are spiritual to her and I told her I understand but the spiritual part but, for her it’s not going to be what she is thinking.
So at this holiday season and all year, PLEASE be very careful with candles. If you must have them use a dish under it so if it drips it stays on the dish and never leave it unattended. Put new batteries in your smoke detectors twice a year.
-- Bob K. East Northport, NY