2002-11-07, 10:28 PM
And I can't stay here tonight because it smells like shit and it's giving me a headache.
Here's how it all happened. I was sitting around complaning about my ping in IRC, and how I couldn't play anything online until I got it figured out. When all of a sudden I hear this *beep* *beep* *beep* and I'm thinking "wtf is that?" So I open the door to my room and the whole place is filled with smoke. So I ran out of my room and there are flames leaping across the celing out of the kitchen.
I got down real low and ducked around the corner to make sure my Roommate wasn't in there on the floor or something. The coast was clear so I bolted out the door to the neighbors and told them to call 911.
Guess who I found at the neighbors? it was my roommate. He had started frying some chicken and went over there and forgot about it!!!
Well we called 911 but they said "Sorry, the fire department is busy and can't come right now" (<-- no shit, they really said that), But we scrounged up enough fire extinguishers to put the fire out. They got here, checked it all out and advised us not to stay here tonight.
Here's a pic of my newly redecoreated kitchen. I'm glad the damage wasn't worce.
2002-11-07, 10:44 PM
Thats not good.
But as they say, it could have been worse. You got out, thats all that matters.
2002-11-07, 11:06 PM
LOL, that's the best story I've ever read in a forum.
2002-11-07, 11:33 PM
:eek: :eek: :eek:
That is not good bro.. just glad you got out heh
2002-11-08, 09:08 AM
I kinda like the antique-esque worn look :)
Glad no one was hurt, although the fire department might have deserved a beating of sorts ;)
2002-11-08, 09:26 AM
wow, looks like hell :( its fine that nobody was hurt.
And what hellish fate you think about for your Room Mate? :evil: :D
2002-11-08, 10:05 AM
Hey man, I got a similiar story for ya, so I feel the pain I really do.
Mind you, we hadn't been in this house very long, its a mobile home here in Maine, and my wife, my Son (3 years old) and my Daughter (2 years old) were in the house at the time this happened.....
I was working graveyard, so when I got home, I crashed right. It was about 1030-1100am, and my son comes into my bed room and wakes me up saying "fire daddy fire" My first intelligent reaction being awaken at the equivilent of 3 am for normal people was to roll over and tell him to go away. At that moment tho, my wife screams "Graham HEEEELP!!!!!!" There was a sense of urgency in her voice that told me to get up. So, grudgingly I did. I throw on some shorts a nd shirt and look into the living room, just in time for the Fire Alarm to start that annoying "Beep Beep Beep" I couldnt see the 30 feet or so to the far wall, the room was full of white smoke.
Now, guys I am in the US navy, I just came off a ship (The USS INCHON) that had suffered a major fire rooom fire, so I still had that Navy Fire Fighting training. I assessed that this was "Not Good" and ran into the kitchen.
I think in the back of my mind, I thought, rather foolishly at the time, that someone had opened a small gate to hell. For there, rising from the top of the stove to the cieling, as a piller of flame that looked like Satan had himslef opened.
I rush over and open the Kitchen sink cabniet to get our fire extinguisher... DOH!!! Guess what, wee had been living in Apartments for the last 6 years, and they provided the Extinguishers. So I push my wife towards the door and tell her to take the kids and RUN!
See, she had ben trying to fry donuts in a shallow sided frying pan... and the stove that came with the house was crap... Amazingly enough, we had looked at new stoves just the day before....
Anyway, I digress.
I tried to put out the fire with Baking soda, that just caused it to splash and hit the deck. I, in a moment of sheer idiocy stomped the small puddle of flamming death out with my bare foot. Took about an hour for me to feel the pain afterwards.
I then put a lid from the frying pan over the fire, while dialing 9-1-1 on the cordless. The fire just popped th lid off, it was that bad. So I grabbed a 20 quart pot and put it over the fire, which managed to kill it, for about a minute, then it TOO popped to the side and the fire roared to back to life with a vengence.
I got the 9-1-1 operator to understand that yes, my kitchen and subsequently my house, was about to become toast, and that it would be nice to have them get there, like 5 minutes ago.
I run outside and see my wife and kids across the street at the neighbors place. I run over there. My poor wife, she had on a T-Shirt and undies. She had grabbed a large blanket on her way out the door, and she came over to me crying," I cant let the house burn down, its all my fault" she was sounding hysterical. I was a bit nervous. I go over and check ont he kids, as I am kneeling there holding them, I hear my wife mutter "Maybe this blanket can put it out...."
She starts runnign back to the house. I had to tackle her and man handle her back across the street to stop her from killing herself... silly woman.
Well, about that time a neighbor handed me his small kitchen extinguisher. I had ZERO intention of going back in the house. I had loked in the door when I went after my wife (Its glass) and the house was full of black smoke, and black smoke is BAD. There was also some black smoke starting to come off the back side fo the roof, couldnt tell if that was from a vent or the roof had started to go up.
Well, it took my wife one second to make me realize if I didnt go in there, she was, and she has ZERO trining in firefighting. So, wondering if I was about to find out what a T-Bone on the grill felt like, I went in. Th smoke was down to my mid thigh, and seeing as I am 6'2" its kinda hard to duck walk that low, but I did.
I got to the stove, unable to see the cieling... I ftested my agent (thats a navy thing kicking in, I did it without even thinking...) And I put out the stove fire, and noticed that there was flame comming from INSIDE the vent hood. I knocked that out too. Then I ran. I wasnt gonna try and stand up in that smoke.
The fire Department pulled up as I came out, and I told them I thought the fire MIGHT be out.. they went in, mde sure, and the day was saved.. and no sign of the powerpuff girls.. ah well..
The Fire Chief told me that by putting the pot on the fire, I had bought the cieling about 5 minutes more time, it was VERY close too cooking off, and he siad had that happened, the place would have been cookies... Thank the Lord I managed tosave the house.
And yes, burnt houses STINK. The smell of burnt plastic is aweful (The fan and motor inside the vent hood and melted into nothingness) and those fireextinguishers make a huge mess....
Fires suck, but as long as everyone gets out w/o injury... hey thats all that really counts aint it?
2002-11-08, 10:20 AM
Well, I gotta tell ya. I'm a career Firefighter, and I really find it hard to believe that they told you the fire dept. couldn't come. Where was this? Because if that is true, then you can sue them.
2002-11-08, 11:32 AM
wait a sec unregistered=Dane? seen the same stuff posted on cdl by dane : \:eek: but dude that sucks im glad your ok
2002-11-08, 11:41 AM
I live in San Jose, CA it's a city of about 800,000. Yesterday we had our first rain of the season so every idiot on the road decided to wreck. So the fire dept was out useing the Jaws of Life to save people.
Their were also downed powerlines, lighting fires, and a few other apartment fires from what they were telling us. Sounds like they had a busy night.
They did show up, but not as quickly as I would have liked.
It all makes me think I should have put "Let me into Beta of the Kitchen get's it!" on my beta app :D
2002-11-08, 04:44 PM
That's like the fire in a french McDonalds:lol:
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