I have been working all week on a couple of ideas for my Sunday blog post. Although I don’t usually write it until the end of the week, I give some thought as to subject matter, finding or taking photos, etc. This week’s post was going to be about books.
However, life had other plans.
I was in my studio early this morning, packing a painting to ship today. My husband and son were outside installing a new battery into old Brutus. (See former posting here.) It was a sunny and blessedly cool morning so I had the door to my studio open while I was working.
Suddenly, something caught my attention out of the corner of my eye. I glanced outside and saw a fire beneath old Brutus. AAAAaaaggggghhhhh! (And my car was parked right next to the truck.)
I shouted to my son who came running, handed him the fire extinguisher that I keep handy in the studio, and he ran off with it. Well, two more extinguishers later, the fire was out. The outdoor faucets and hydrants are too far from where the truck was parked to have been any help.
We’re not sure yet what started the fire – maybe an electrical short, maybe a fuel leak, or even a mouse nest in the air cleaner. We’ll have a mechanic friend stop by next week to give us an assessment. Fortunately we were prepared or it might have been a very different story.
Although we live in a remote area which is our reasoning for having some home fire protection, I would urge everyone to have a few fire extinguishers on hand. You just never know what kind of emergency you might encounter.
I’m not qualified to advise what types of extinguishers to get but there are several varieties for the many kinds of possible fires – paper, wood, chemical, oil, grease, etc. Check online or with your local dealer or hardware store to see what they advise.
You don’t know when you will need one. Or wish you had been prepared.
The rest of the story
Here are some photos of poor Brutus after the fire incident. As I said, we don’t know what type of fire it was. This is the damage.
And Brutus…did he survive??
We’ll find out later this week. He’s a tank so I think he can be repaired. See the updated photos.
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It’s probably time for us to get some new extinguishers. Ours have been around for many years and I believe they have expiration dates on them. Thanks for the reminder. Sorry it came at a cost for you.
That’s a good thing. The large commercial ones can be recharged (or used to be). The smaller ones need replaced as far as I know. Just so glad that we had them handy.
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