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YIKES!
« on: February 16, 2009, 01:45:30 AM »
OK, I am up at 3:40 am.  Why?  Because Our house almost caught on fire!  I was waken up, and thought it was mornig, I was gonna go get some breakfast, and stuff, then my mom and sisters yelled at me to tell me to get out of the house, so I left, then everyone else came out.  We called the fire department, (conveniantly right across the street ;D ) and they looked arount the house for an HOUR!  They couldn't find the source of the smoke, until some people went under the house, and found that the heat source for our house was on a horrible electric fire!  So, they tried putting it out for a while , and then they did, but they say if it had been going for about a few more minutes, it would have certainly destroyed our house, starting with the floor! :o :o :o :o  I was SO happy, and this all happened 15 minutes ago!  that damn electric fire smell :P  So, I've thought it over now that I can think, and I'm just glad to be alive!  I was the slowest to wake up, and something horrible could have certainly happened any minute!
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Re: YIKES!
« Reply #1 on: February 16, 2009, 03:12:48 AM »
I'm glad you're ok, Atec. This sort of thing especially when you don't know what the problem is is really dangerous.
A fire is no less dangerous than a gas leak. Some people use gas as a heating system. Well, let me tell you. An English teacher of mine who had done a lot for me, died while taking a bath because of a gas leak.  :(  She left a daughter behind-and her uncle was diagnosed with cancer so grandparents took care of her in the end. I lost sight of that girl. I hope she is fine.

Im really glad to hear nothing happened. Take care.
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« Reply #2 on: February 16, 2009, 03:15:57 AM »
Thank you.  I tried sleeping after I posted, but I can't, I smell the electric fire smell that's still in the air, and it freaks me out.  That's creepy, a gas leak must be really crazy, you don't see it coming a lot of the time!  This was crazy, I was starting to think our house, and all my stuff was gonna be gone, I got out of the house, and I wasn't sure I oculd go back in, but I did, i'm ok, and the house is fine! ;D
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« Reply #3 on: February 16, 2009, 03:45:26 AM »
Glad to hear you're (sort of) fine. You probably feel stressed about what happend. Hope it passes soon.
btw a gas leak is easier detected. The smell of gas is mixed whit some chemical that makes it smell bat. That way it's easy detected. Fires like this can be very late detected and can do serious damage.
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« Reply #4 on: February 16, 2009, 05:21:59 AM »
You are right!  I am feeling very stressed, I also am a bit worried that some of the stuff (like burning rubber) could make me sick.  I'm staying in the computer room, it's the least smelly.
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« Reply #5 on: February 16, 2009, 09:33:23 AM »
Glad you are okay. I know how you feel about not being able to sleep after something like that. The stress is playing with your mind and I think that is the worst thing in the world. You have just given me a reason not turn on my electric heater and just to stick with an electric blanket.

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« Reply #6 on: February 16, 2009, 09:43:23 AM »
Well not always apparently-there are quite a few cases of these where I live. Apapently undetected caused one time a whole family to be admitted to hospital. Fortunately they were saved. They were luky. It's dreadful to hear about such things. Thing is,  gas heaters are usually of very bad qualityl old and some just can't affor to get new ones, it's a dfficult situation, really. There should be more controls but the controllers are  sometimes reckless in checking everything.

What matters is that Atec's fine, though. Take time and regain balance after this.

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« Reply #7 on: February 16, 2009, 10:24:11 AM »
Good to hear you're okay, quite a scare.

Hope you feel better soon!

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« Reply #8 on: February 16, 2009, 01:12:30 PM »
Glad to hear everyone is safe atec123.  :yes:

That that's a reminder to everyone to check the batteries in the smoke detector.
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« Reply #9 on: February 16, 2009, 07:01:41 PM »
Wow! Scary! I'm glad everyone is ok. :yes:

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« Reply #10 on: February 16, 2009, 07:33:12 PM »
So glad to know that all is well now. I can't imagine how scary all that was. *hugs* Check those smoke detector batteries, everyone...

I know I've been meaning to do that at my place for a while now...
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« Reply #11 on: February 16, 2009, 11:03:22 PM »
Wow, that is pretty scary, but thank goodness you're so close to the fire dept.  Glad to hear you're ok, atec! :)
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« Reply #12 on: February 17, 2009, 07:46:49 AM »
Thanks so much, everyone!
I won't be on that much, as I am gonna be trying to work this out, the cleaners are coming to our house, to get everything back to how it should be, and I won't have my desktop, only a laptop if there's some wifiI can steaal somewhere ;D
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Re: YIKES!
« Reply #13 on: February 17, 2009, 08:01:48 AM »
Good luck with handling all the chaos, Atec. 

Idon't uppose the forum will go anywhere will run anywhere whn yure off. Return when you can, you are such a colourful and enthusiastic figure that I think i can say that  the absence will be felt. 

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« Reply #14 on: February 19, 2009, 04:28:56 PM »
Yipes...Glad no one was hurt and it doesn't sound like TOO much damage.
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« Reply #15 on: March 13, 2009, 07:50:26 PM »
To bring this back, and to let everyone know, the house is totally cleaned, the heating replaced, and we got the llast of our carpets and blankets and such back just today.  It's all normal again ;D :D :)
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« Reply #16 on: March 13, 2009, 09:00:36 PM »
I didn't realize there was so much damage. :-\  But it's good to hear everything's now back to normal again. :)
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« Reply #17 on: March 13, 2009, 09:08:37 PM »
I didn't realize there was so much damage. :-\  But it's good to hear everything's now back to normal again. :)
Yeah, the damage wasn't so bad.  I mean, our house was ok for a while, we just didn't have all our stuff (tonight will be the first time in weeks that I will sleep with my comforter instead of a sleeping bag on a mattress)
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« Reply #18 on: March 15, 2009, 01:04:13 AM »
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« Reply #19 on: March 16, 2009, 09:21:27 AM »
Great news Atec123. I hope there are no further electrical issues they can be very expensive.
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