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  • June 1, 2015

A Question By Fire A Question By Fire

I decided to give the question a run this month since I have lived through it. And the question is:

If your house caught on fire, what’s the one thing you’d grab before running out?

I was coming home from work when my apartment building caught fire. They wouldn’t let anyone in, so I say screw them. I went around to the back while they were fighting the fire up front, snuck in and grabbed the cat. Only had Cassie at the time. The fire was at the front of the building, so just smoke was near us. It was either that or break the window and get her out. So the long answer is, the cat.

Now if it caught fire, and I was home, what would I grab? Everything I need, after the two cats. If I can get them easy I have everything set up and ready should the place burn down. A plan is in my head to grab everything I need from wallet, to passport, to laptop and move quickly out.

Live through it once and you get a whole new perspective. Of course that depends on how easy it is to catch the cats. If they make it tough and the fire is too near, too hot, too much smoke, etc. I’d grab them and jump from the balcony. It’s only a ten foot drop, might break my leg at most.

I’m not materialistic, so everything can burn. As long as the cats and I got out, I’d walk away whistling a tune, collect my insurance check and get a new place with new stuff. Easy as can be. Would rather get license, passport and stuff though if I can, as it would be a big headache to get them again.

Also as long as you don’t panic and keep a clear head, in most fires, you have time to get what you need and get out with no harm to you. Unless the oil tank blows up or you wake up with flames consuming your bed. Then you might want to just run.

So, yep, there is a plan. Yep, I’d grab the cats first. Yep, I think too much. Yep, experience does help. Nope, I wouldn’t panic, proved that. And nope, don’t want to live through a fire again. But if I do, oh well.

Has your place ever caught fire? Would you panic?

Enjoy life, forget the strife.



2015-06-01 05:28:24 Reply

What a horrible experience you had to go through, but so glad you and Cassie got out okay.

Experience does serve to prepare you for the future, but I hope you never have to go through another fire. Once is too much.

Once, when I was still pretty young and teaching darkroom photography in college to put myself through college and working at a newspaper, I dreamed the trailer I was living in at the time burned down. I grabbed my camera. That’s all I had time to grab, and it was the most important thing to me. That was between cats, so no pets. I think the dream was because I’d covered a trailer fire for the newspaper, and they go up quickly. You are very lucky if you can get out alive.

My photography professor back then was pretty proud of me when I told him about saving the camera…

    Pat Hatt

    2015-06-01 11:47:55 Reply

    Saving the camera haha that is sure so you indeed. Fire is nothing to mess with, but experience does help and keeping a cool head does too.


2015-06-01 14:12:28 Reply

The cat. 😀 My kitties are part of my answer too. How could we not save our furry friends?

    Pat Hatt

    2015-06-01 14:23:48 Reply

    Yep, they come first, then the other stuff.


2015-06-01 16:24:17 Reply

My parents kitchen caught fire when I was in high school. My sister was trying to make french fries and the hot oil exploded and sent flames all over the cabinets. I told her to call the fire department so she’d stay out of my way and then played the hero by beating out the flames with a wet towel before the fire trucks arrived.

The best thing I guess was that we got a kitchen remodel out of the insurance company.

Arlee Bird
A to Z Challenge Co-host
Tossing It Out

    Pat Hatt

    2015-06-01 16:26:35 Reply

    haha let her take the blame and you got credit for the save. Insurance has its perks.


2015-06-01 21:09:17 Reply

That must’ve been scary! I would’ve found a way to get Cassie as well. She’s family.

    Pat Hatt

    2015-06-01 22:36:08 Reply

    Yep, screw what they said, as I got her out


2015-06-01 21:33:43 Reply

I’m sorry you had to experience that, but I’m glad you got your cat out. Now that I think about it, I was in a fire once, in college. Someone set a frying pan on fire. I grabbed my backpack at the time, but that was then.

    Pat Hatt

    2015-06-01 22:36:42 Reply

    Well sure that had needed stuff in it


2015-06-02 00:21:45 Reply

Wow, what is this classy blog you’ve got? Not sure if I’ve been here before. It’s like I was at your blog, accidentally revealed a rotating bookcase and followed the hallway to arrive here.

I like your attitude towards the place burning down. Just collect the insurance cheque and off you go.

    Pat Hatt

    2015-06-02 12:40:49 Reply

    Glad the new one is good indeed. Yeah, no need to worry as long as the cats and I get out.


2015-06-12 22:15:15 Reply

I would grab my bird and my purse. I have a fire proof box for important documents. I guess after the fire I could retrieve the box. So glad you went in and rescued Cassie. She knows she can count on you…

    Pat Hatt

    2015-06-13 00:06:55 Reply

    Good things to grab. Yeah, I should get one of those boxes sooner or later haha just in case

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