Please move this if this is in the wrong place.
This is what happened 2 hours ago.
The family is in different parts of the house.
9yo- Taking a bath
12yo- reading a book on the couch
14yo- on his computer in his room
Me- on the computer in the living room(eating ice cream)
We had a cold snap today and so I started a fire in the wood stove at around 5pm. It had died down so I told my 14yo to stoke the fire and throw
another log on. He did and then he went back to his computer.
Within 5 min the front room was extreamly hot I looked up and the stove pipe was cherry red, the top of the stove was cherry red and the harth was
I yeld for my 14yo and told him to GO GO GO!! (Some of our key words we use in Bug Out drills)
My 12yo heard me and she ran to the bathroom and grabbed the 9yo out of the tub and wraped her in a towel, and headed for the door. She grabbed a
coat for the 9yo and took her to the car. Then she came back in and grabbed 2 BOB's that we keep right inside the front door and then back to the
Mean while I am grabbing my big BOB and calling 911. My 14yo has grabbed his cell and called Grandpa and Grandma while running to the car. Grandpa is
a fire fighter.
I can't find my damn keys!!(They are right where they are suposed to be)
I get the dog out of the cage and head to the car. My 14yo runs to the neighbors and gets help. I back the car away from the house and tell the girls
to sit tight.
All the while HUGE flames are shooting out of the chimney! Smoke is everywhere.
Neighbor had some guy friends at the house so they all came over. Got to the stove and dampered it down.
I am not in my dad's fire district but he made it here brfore our FD did.
With the neighbors and my dads help it was under control. FD shows up hangs out and makes sure all is good.
Now is what brings me almost to tears..............with pride I tell you fellow ATSers this...............
All my children were in the car with BOB's doing what we have trained for so many times. No screaming, no fear that kept them from doing just what
needed to be done.
The house is fine just a little damage, the kids are fine, and I am still in aw and wonder at the whole thing.
Note to add---- We have different code words for different situations. so when I yeld GO GO GO, they all new it was a fire. So there was no need for
them to ask whats going on before doing what was needed.
Now my thank you.............
THANK YOU ATSers for all the advice and info on how to train and be prepared. From Martial law to house fires WE WILL SURVIVE!!!!!!!!