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The day after Labor day .

  1. Sep 4, 2012 #1

    OmCheeto

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    The day after Labor day.....

    Someone ask me about today, tomorrow.

    It was one big shish kum bah after the other.

    Actually, it started with a bang. A 747 landing in your front yard type bang, with flames, 20 feet wide, and 30 feet high, outside my bedroom window, at 4 am......

    time for bed, now that I know what happened.....

    :zzz:

    The story I spun in my head, with too little visual information......

    And the 5 fire trucks parked in front of my house this morning for an hour, with all those Christmassy lights blinking, in the dead of dawn....

    It couldn't have been a dream, could it? :smile:
     
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  3. Sep 4, 2012 #2

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    Re: The day after Labor day.....

    I think you fell asleep watching Die Hard 2. You choose...poorly.
     
  4. Sep 5, 2012 #3

    lisab

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    Re: The day after Labor day.....

    So, Om - how was your day yesterday?
     
  5. Sep 5, 2012 #4

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    Re: The day after Labor day.....

    747 may have been an exaggeration.

    Anyways, yesterday at around 4am, I was awoken by a loud boom. So I looked out my bedroom window and saw something like the following:

    2012.09.04.0400.boom.fire.jpg

    Not knowing where the flames were originating, I went to my front porch and saw the same thing. Then I heard someone scream. So of course I hurried to my phone and called 911.

    Operator: State your emergency
    Om: MY NEIGHBORS HOUSE IS ON FIRE!!!!!!
    Operator: How much of the house is on fire?
    Om: I don't know! It looks like the whole thing is on fire!
    Operator: What is your name?
    Om: Om
    Operator: What is your last name?
    Om: Cheeto
    Operator: What is your address?
    Om: 12456 SE Clinton
    Operator: Do you have a call back number?
    Om: 503-124-3654
    Operator: Ok. Do not try and put the fire out by yourself. Thank you.


    So I went back to the front porch, as I couldn't see out my front window as the shades were lowered, and the flames were completely gone.

    ??????

    I went back in and called 911 and told them the fire was, um, gone.

    They said thank you, and that the residents had also called.

    So I went back out to my front porch and four big fire trucks arrived and the firemen spent about an hour making sure the conflagration/nownotaconflagration was out.

    On my way to work, I finally got a look at the house, as it is almost completely obscured by a 10 foot tall Laurel hedge. It appeared that their entire 200 square foot wooden front deck had been what was on fire. The firemen had helped remove about 30 square feet of the siding from the front of their house.

    But the mystery was, how could such a fire start with such a huge BOOM, and then be out in less than 90 seconds. My brain created all manner of scenarios during the day.

    So I stopped by the neighbor's house last night and asked.

    I was completely wrong.

    :blushing:

    Ah! I'm late for work.
     
  6. Sep 6, 2012 #5

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    The fire didn't start with the boom, so no cans of combustible liquids were required.

    The boom was generated when the insulation around the power lines to their house failed, due to the heat.

    I thought it was most fortuitous that the lines were positioned such that they became a very improbable fire alarm. Had the boom not woken everyone up, I'm pretty sure there would be no house left. And with the proximity of their fir trees, it's possible that...

    2012.09.06.0643.firemap.jpg

    ... I'm now thinking of moving. :bugeye:

    ps. The house is still without municipal power, as I can still hear their electric generator going.
     
  7. Sep 6, 2012 #6

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    What caused the fire?
     
  8. Sep 6, 2012 #7

    OmCheeto

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    As far as we could tell, crack heads.
    His property, like mine, is unfenced. So people of the night, can wander in and out, and do lolz kind of stuff.

    ps. I hear the generator no longer running, and the power lines were not droopy when I got home today. Life is returning to normal.

    pps. Though I've woken up at 4 am the last two nights for no reason, and think about it, and can't get back to sleep, and..... I should call a lawyer...... :wink:
     
  9. Sep 7, 2012 #8

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    *wonders where Oregon ranks for illegal drug use by people under age 12*
     
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