1635. A terrible fire

What a mess! Thank goodness for insurance. The whole house burned to the ground. All the contents have gone up in smoke. At least that saves trying to resurrect smoke-damaged furniture and the like. I’m going to get a hefty sum; and I mean hefty. It pays to insure everything carefully and right. It’s all in the planning.

It happened just over three weeks ago. Thank goodness no one was hurt. My wife had gone for the weekend to visit her mother. The three kids were staying with my parents. And I’d put the dog in the kennels for the weekend (goodness are those kennels expensive!) because I intended going on a weekend hike with other members of the Mountain and Stream Club that I belong to. When I came home the fire-fighters were still quenching the occasional ember that flared up. I’m pretty sure I went into shock.

Of course, the three kids continue to stay with my parents, and the wife with her mother. I’ve been booked into a motel with Mary-Sue. We hope to spend part of the insurance money getting married and building a new place and starting a new life. It was such a relief when the past was destroyed by fire. No more harrowing memories. And the soon-to-be-ex-wife should hopefully be locked up for quite some time for arson. She denies it of course.

24 thoughts on “1635. A terrible fire

        1. Bruce Goodman Post author

          I sometimes live in fear – especially when the landlord is late in getting the chimney cleaned (over here in New Zealand it’s the landlord’s obligation – something to do with Insurance – otherwise I’d get it done myself!)

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            1. Bruce Goodman Post author

              Yes – creosote – but (as you would know) it depends on the quality of firewood! This winter (we’ve just finished our winter) we had rata (a New Zealand native) and lawsoniana (Lawson cypress). They were both brilliant!

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