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My house burned down

Post by Carl Watts » October 28th, 2017, 3:10 pm

Lost most of my house in the early hours of the 23rd October.

The good news is the rowing room got away with just smoke damage.

I got the two cars out but the ergs were next on the list but the fire crew was not keen on me re entering the house wearing only my underpants.

Smoke detectors come highly recommended, you cannot have enough of them. Due to the fire starting outside the house it was a massive blaze before it triggered the detectors inside the house. As the spread was essentially exponential I lost and incredible amount of time and was lucky to get out alive.
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Re: My house burned down

Post by hjs » October 28th, 2017, 3:16 pm

Fukc, very sorry to hear. Best of luck with it. Hope you are well insured. :o :x
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Re: My house burned down

Post by Citroen » October 28th, 2017, 3:52 pm

As long as you and your family are OK things can be rebuilt, rebought.

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Re: My house burned down

Post by Steve W » October 29th, 2017, 8:35 am

Terrible news, Carl. Have worked with many families in this situation as a school district homeless coordinator. First question is always "was anyone hurt?" Anything beyond that is still a tough go but manageable. Traumatic stuff. Glad to hear that you got out and please keep us updated.
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Re: My house burned down

Post by jackarabit » October 29th, 2017, 11:34 am

Sorry to hear Carl but very good luck and presence of mind to get yourself and the cars out. Know you've mentioned the high humidity in NZ. Guessing dry weather was not a factor?
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Re: My house burned down

Post by Cyclist2 » October 29th, 2017, 12:58 pm

"That always happens to someone else". Until it happens to you. Glad you are OK, sounds like a close call. Post updates.
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Re: My house burned down

Post by gregsmith01748 » October 29th, 2017, 2:16 pm

Carl,

I'm so sorry to hear about this. It's good that you were able to escape without injury, but it is still a massive tragedy to have your home and possessions destroyed. I hope your insurance company does well by you and you can get back on your feet quickly.

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Re: My house burned down

Post by G-dub » October 29th, 2017, 8:06 pm

What the others have said. So glad you weren't hurt (understatement). A good friend of mine went through this and it was quite an emotional experience and real bummer to overcome. But you will recover from it in time.
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Re: My house burned down

Post by sander » October 30th, 2017, 6:45 am

Carl,

Just reading this thread. Very sorry to hear about this. Good that you survived, and wishing you strength and a lot of support for the recovery phase.
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Re: My house burned down

Post by Ripples » October 30th, 2017, 10:48 pm

Am so sorry you've gone through such a devastating experience. As other have written, thanks goodness you weren't injured. But do take good care of yourself during this very stressful time. It will get better.

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Re: My house burned down

Post by Carl Watts » October 31st, 2017, 2:11 am

Thanks everyone for your support.

The cleanup is a big job, if its salvageable then its smoke damaged and you need to clean every single item.

Really I was very lucky, no smoke detectors and it would have all been over in another 5 to 15 minutes.
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Re: My house burned down

Post by DavidA » October 31st, 2017, 3:46 pm

Carl Watts wrote:Lost most of my house in the early hours of the 23rd October.

The good news is the rowing room got away with just smoke damage.

I got the two cars out but the ergs were next on the list but the fire crew was not keen on me re entering the house wearing only my underpants.

Smoke detectors come highly recommended, you cannot have enough of them. Due to the fire starting outside the house it was a massive blaze before it triggered the detectors inside the house. As the spread was essentially exponential I lost and incredible amount of time and was lucky to get out alive.
I am very sorry to hear that. :(
I hope everyone is okay.
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Re: My house burned down

Post by Pie Man » October 31st, 2017, 4:16 pm

Hopefully everyone is uninjured and you can get everything sorted out smoothly. Best wishes to you.
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Re: My house burned down

Post by sander » November 3rd, 2017, 3:20 am

Carl Watts wrote:Thanks everyone for your support.

The cleanup is a big job, if its salvageable then its smoke damaged and you need to clean every single item.

Really I was very lucky, no smoke detectors and it would have all been over in another 5 to 15 minutes.
On smoke detectors, I forget where I read it, but recently I read that the role of smoke detectors is to give the worried people an excuse to act. I can confirm that. I once was in a training and the room slowly started to fill with smoke. I was looking at the others, wondering if they were worried. Basically, everyone remained apathetic, until one person decided to address the issue.

I have also been through a few of those simulation exercises where you try to escape from a burning house. It is an "unforgettable" experience, and for months after that I inspected escape routes when staying in hotels. Been at the reception of a hotel in Kyoto once, complaining that the staircases were blocked by cardboard boxes. They looked at me as if I was crazy.
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Re: My house burned down

Post by Cyclist2 » November 3rd, 2017, 1:21 pm

Hope the recovery efforts are going OK, Carl.

I have a house with a very low probability of fire - no gas appliances, no pilot lights, no kids, no smokers, no close neighbors, fuels locked in a shed away from the house, etc. (It's a good thing because if I was here asleep alone, I'd never hear the smoke alarms due to my high frequency hearing loss, but that's another story).

So my curiosity begs me to ask, what started the fire on the exterior of your house?
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