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WOW, what an adrenaline rush. And not in a good way. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/bigeyes.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="bigeyes"><br><br><br>
To lay the foundation of my day & emotional state this afternoon:<br><br>
My dad and I both had appts today at the same location (different offices) so we rode together. I had group therapy and it proved to be a bit stressful for me. I expect that at therapy. I worked through it and everything was fine. My mom picked me up and we took my 17 mo old niece to the dr down the road because she has an infected finger from when she broke it last Saturday (10 days ago). It was caught in the hinge area of the bedroom door at her house and cut it and broke the bone. It looks TERRIBLE. So we took her to the dr.<br><br>
We stopped at the grocery on the way home to pick up some meds for my dad. While in there, I get a call from dh asking when I thought I'd be home. His tone of voice was different. I knew something was up.<br><br>
He tells me he just stopped the house from burning down. I thought, "Oh, great. My stupid chili beans burned again because nobody stirred them!"<br><br>
Oh, how I wish it was that simple...<br><br>
It turns out, someone was playing with matches in the closet under the basement stairs and dh smelled smoke/fire so he got to searching. Dd told him where it was so he proceeded to try to put it out.<br><br>
I almost FREAKED in the grocery store line. I had to REALLY try to hold it together because we still hadn't gotten the meds yet and the line was slow.<br><br>
So we head home after getting the meds and realize we needed to make a stop at ANOTHER pharmacy for my niece's antibiotics for her finger. OMG. I thought we'd never get there. So we did that and headed home again.<br><br>
I was just in a fog, dazed, didn't know HOW to deal with this situation. I was upset w/ my daughter, unsure of what I'd say to her, and just in SHOCK that we could have lost our home and possibly lives.<br><br>
While we were heading home, my dad, who is disabled & on oxygen & has asthma, practically FLEW down the stairs to help dh put out the fire. It was mercifully small, somehow. Maybe the size of 2 fists, but they searched that closet HARD for smoldering embers and made sure the one box that had caught fire was truly out.<br><br>
It was not a good night.<br><br>
Kids are all in bed, now, we're all trying to come down from this stressful situation, dh is feeling awful from the smoke inhalation, I'm wired. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/eyesroll.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="roll">
 

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Oh wow! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/greensad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="greensad"> I am sorry <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/hug.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="hug">
 

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O my how scary! Glad everything turned out ok, great learning lesson for your daughter though! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/hug.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="hug">
 

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Dude, you can't not tell us that story!<br><br>
My little sister nearly burnt the house down once too. She was a teenager, but she's autistic. She put a hot wheatie bag in the microwave for twenty minutes. Not a good idea. Tried to remove it, burnt her hands, so removed it with a towel, which burned... dropped it in the bin, which melted... and ended up leaving it smouldering on - well, through - the NEW carpet in the office. Mum had just gone overseas for a week, which probably accounted for the erratic behavior, but didn't really help soothe anyone's nerves.<br><br>
So... it happens! OP, glad everyone's OK!
 

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Wow, glad the house didn't burn down. I would definitely be having a sit down with the DD to talk about the dangers of fire.
 

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why didn't your dh call a fire department if it was that bad and wasn't out yet by the time you guys got home? fires spread very quickly.
 

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Holy crap, that's so scary. I'm so happy that they got it out fast. Hopefully this is a very scary natural consequences lesson and she won't ever touch matches again.
 

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Wow, so glad everything was ok.<br><br>
When I was a toddler I actually managed to set my bed on fire with me in it. It was nap time and I liked to read so I took the shade off the lamp on my bedside table and used it as tent pole under my covers. Apparently I fell asleep and knocked the lamp over because mom smelled something weird and cam in to find a small fire at the foot of my bed with me sleeping at the top. She grabbed me, and doused the fire and everything was fine. I do have an almost unnoticeable burn scar on my ankle though. Must have scared my mom to death though.
 

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Once when I was a kid, our heater went out, so we had to sleep on the living room floor with a space heater and sleeping bags. Well, apparently I was cold and scooted so close to the space heater that I woke up with the foot of my sleeping bag on fire! It burnt a hole all the way through the sleeping bag, but luckily I didn't get any serious burns.<br><br>
That sounds scary and I'm glad it turned out okay!
 

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I'm feeling a bit less freaked out today, but we DEFINITELY will be having an ongoing discussion about fire safety with her.<br><br>
My cousin sat in a fire as a toddler and has suffered through countless surgeries all her life from the scarring.<br><br>
There was a teacher my kids knew who had been in a fire.<br><br>
A year or so ago, before we moved here, an apartment complex nearby had caught fire and a baby died. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/greensad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="greensad"><br><br>
My mom told dd of a girl she'd known with burn scars from a fire.<br><br>
These are stories and situations that are common discussions when I'm burning brush or have a fire going in the firepit. I don't know what got in her head to think this was ok.<br><br>
It's been so distressing. I wanted to show her the permanence of things being GONE when a fire happens. I burned a couple items of clothing and one of her toys (that she chose) so she could really get a grasp. Unfortunately, I think I missed the mark - her focus was on the loss of her things and not the dangers of fire and potential loss of life.<br><br><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/greensad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="greensad"> I guess we'll keep discussing. I can not have this happen. It's not safe. She could have died! What if the smoke got too much and she passed out? What then?? Would I have my girl? Would she be ok??<br><br>
Ugh.<br><br>
Today, ds1 stayed home because of a sore, raspy throat and not feeling well. (Swollen glands, too.) Could be smoke inhalation, could be just allergies.
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">why didn't your dh call a fire department if it was that bad and wasn't out yet by the time you guys got home? fires spread very quickly.</div>
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<div style="font-style:italic;">It was mercifully small, somehow. Maybe the size of 2 fists, but they searched that closet HARD for smoldering embers and made sure the one box that had caught fire was truly out.</div>
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The fire was put out before dh called me. He said "I just stopped the house from burning down."
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">Wow, so glad everything was ok.<br><br>
When I was a toddler I actually managed to set my bed on fire with me in it. It was nap time and I liked to read so I took the shade off the lamp on my bedside table and used it as tent pole under my covers. Apparently I fell asleep and knocked the lamp over because mom smelled something weird and cam in to find a small fire at the foot of my bed with me sleeping at the top. She grabbed me, and doused the fire and everything was fine. I do have an almost unnoticeable burn scar on my ankle though. Must have scared my mom to death though.</div>
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<div style="font-style:italic;">Once when I was a kid, our heater went out, so we had to sleep on the living room floor with a space heater and sleeping bags. Well, apparently I was cold and scooted so close to the space heater that I woke up with the foot of my sleeping bag on fire! It burnt a hole all the way through the sleeping bag, but luckily I didn't get any serious burns.<br><br>
That sounds scary and I'm glad it turned out okay!</div>
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Whenever there is a discussion of fire resistant pajamas I always think to myself "how would a kid manage to set themselves on fire in bed anyhow?!"<br><br>
Now I know!
 

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exactly! some of these stories are terrifying.
 

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My sister almost burned our house down. We had a wood stove. She was pocking a stick in it and the tip of the stick caught fire. When she took the stick out of the wood stove it caught the curtain on fire. It scared her so she took off and hid. I walked into the room a few seconds later to the entire curtain engulfed. My oldest sister put it out and all was well.<br><br><br>
My mom lost two cousins to fire. Two little ones. The older one was showing the toddler how matches worked. My mom showed us the graves to drill in the message.
 

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<span>omg that must have been so scary , there have been some awful fire story's here.<br><br>
the 2 i remember most was when i was still in school a couple set there house on fire to claim on the insurance and there 2 children were in the house <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/greensad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="greensad"> there toddler died and the baby ended up badly burnt <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/greensad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="greensad"><br><br>
the 2nd was a woman set ex's house on fire because she was jealous of his new gf, both the womens ex and his new go's daughter died in the fire, he died trying to save the little girl <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/greensad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="greensad"></span>
 

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Wow, I am so glad it ended well!<br><br>
My middle DD started a fire by microwaving a polyester cloth napkin with tortilla chips on it and set it for 10 minutes. She was 3 or 4 when it happened and I didn't know she even knew how to operate it!
 

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Wow, lots of people with fire experience. My dd put a fleece cap stretched over the top of her lamp once, I caught it just as it started smoking. She wasn't in the room. She was 3-4. I shook for hours.<br>
And my brother stuck a paper towel in a kerosene heater we had when he was real young, he brought it to me on FIRE while I was doing the dishes. I nearly had a heart attack!
 

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Glad everything turned out ok!<br><br>
We (well DW) recently almost burned down our house, and we don't have kids yet. She had a small BBQ grill sitting on the deck outside. She cooked dinner on it and then just let the coals burn. Apparently the bottom of the grill was too close to the deck and we woke up in the morning smelling fabulous wood smoke. We thought it smelled like camping. It was great! Then she had a thought and went and checked that grill and it was BELOW the deck, through a HUGE smoldering hole. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/greensad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="greensad"> The hole was about 2ft x 2ft all the way through and was still smoldering red hot. We were so grateful that it just fell through and that the night was pretty wet, otherwise the whole deck and house could have caught. Scary!
 

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Oh, these stories are awful! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/greensad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="greensad"><br><br>
This evening, while watching the fire pit again, I burned myself! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/eyesroll.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="roll"> Badly, I might add, on the thumb & forefinger of my right hand. I'm right-handed. I'm in the middle of a sewing project. I'm in pain.<br><br>
*facepalm*
 
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