Saturday, November 08, 2008

I SET MY CAR ON FIRE!!!!!!!! At least I have something to talk about today!!! LOL










It's not the car I drive, but it was a good car that I parked about a month ago because the compressor on the A/C died. Yesterday I used the blower and blowed all the leaves off my drive way before it started raining....(it never has rained) They were in a pile at the back of my drive way. I struck a match and stood there and watched them burn until I THOUGHT it was over. That was about 4:00 PM. Last night about 7:00 PM, Gary walked into my bedroom and Bill was in bed. Bill said, (very calmly) I believe your Mom's car is on fire. (I've heard him yell louder than that if he sees a piss ant walk across the floor) Gary looked out the bedroom door and it was blazing BIG! I heard him screaming, "Mom, your car is on fire." I flew down the steps and outside. Gary was out there in his underwear with the water hose. I ran back in the house and called 911 and told him I needed the fire department. She informed me one was on the way, and ask me if anyone was near the car. I told her my son and she said to get him away from it because of the explosion that may occur. I ran back outside and he had already moved away. I thought the fire trucks would never get here, but it was only four minutes until they arrived. I live about two miles from the fire department. I knew in my mind there would be a heavy fine, because I did not have a burn permit. But they did not fine me nor take me to jail...just told me to be more careful. I assured them I would. I gave them the car for a rescue car...where they practice on getting someone out of a wrecked or burning car. I will be glad it's gone and know for certain that I will mail in my donation to that wonderful fire department.

18 comments:

W. Latane Barton said...

Bless your heart!! That had to have been so scary. I am glad everyone is alright.

Grammy said...

Dear Clara,
Merciful Heavens! I reckon you do have a story to tell for this posting! I am so glad that no one was hurt and it was a really great idea to give the car to the fire department for its use in its program. What excitement! Great description, by the way. Really neat pictures.
Love,
Ruby (aka Grammy)

Judy said...

Oh my God, Clara, don't ever say that you don't have anything to write about again. I hope that is not the reason it happened! That would have scared me to death. I have leaves so deep in my yard and I am constantly scared some child will throw a lit ciggarette or something in them. I am so glad no one was hurt. I would have been a wreck for days. Sounds like you have a great fire department.

Margie's Musings said...

You sure do! And to arrive so quickly! the car could have exploded if there was gas in the tank and that could have been a catastrophe.

Marci said...

Clara, I am sorry about your car, but I am so glad no one was hurt.

I love your new header. Duncan is one of my favorite artists.

Anonymous said...

clara , that was so scary. And that car was not that far away from your house!!!!!!!!!!I guess we have to give Bill credit for something after all . If he had been asleep , OH my goodness, I don't even want to think about that. Mulch .....Don't burn. Carolyn

Cathy said...

Hello clara
Have to second Carolyn - Mulch (or compost) don't burn - Keep your piles away from the house as well.

You were so lucky someone was awake and noticed.

When I read your last sentence I had visions of you trying to mail the car to the fire dept. lol

Take care
Cathy

Clara....in TN said...

Cathy, I reread my last sentence. It does sound like I am going to mail them the car. LOL They are going to come and pick up the car and I am going to mail them money. I wish I were better with words.

Mountain Mama said...

Oh Clara what a horrible thing to happen. Thank God no one was hurt. I can't imagine how it could have caught fire though. And it was such a pretty car too.

Beth said...

Oh my goodness, Clara...that is definitely the most exciting blog post I have read in a long time! And the scariest---I'm just so glad that it was safely put out before anyone was hurt or it spread to your house. I'm sorry you lost that pretty car, but so grateful that that's all you lost. Thank God.

Beverly said...

Oh my dear, what a calamity. As others have said, I'm certainly glad that no one was hurt and glad that the fire department can use it.

You don't have to have something that exciting to talk about, for goodness sakes.

bobbie said...

Guess you know now not to burn leaves! I'm so glad no one was hurt and that there was no explosion.
Just a little excitement for the weekend! Scary.

Rachel said...

Clara, that was a bit of excitement to your day!! Like you needed it!! I have always been amazed how fast a car can burn. I was behind a woman in traffic and her car caught on fire. I had my camera and took photos of it as it burned. It went pretty fast. This was out in the country so there wasn't much traffic. Then when the gas tank caught there was that small explosion and that was it. Nothing left but a hull of a car! That was nice to give them the car to practice on.

I'm glad that this story had a good ending Clara!! I don't burn leaves. I just push them over the hill. I hate smelling them burn, plus I'm too scared of fires.

grammyof13 said...

Clara, what a hoot. Even though it has humor, I'm sure it was a scary time. I have pictures of the one in his underwear, and everyone frantically dousing water or praying it didn't explode. You might want to settle down and let your nerves rest this week.

Thanks for sharing,
Grammyof13, aka Doris

bennie and patsy said...

That was just a flaming shame. That was a good idea to give it to the fire dept.
Patsy

Leedra said...

I know it was not and to you is still not funny. But you made it sound funny.

Retta said...

Clara, I am so glad you all are ok but I also have laughed my head off. Only you could have this happen and get humor from it. You can do so much with a photo and words, you should definately write a book.

Jamie Dawn said...

Oh my! What an exciting and scary event!!
Fire fighters are wonderful public servants.
I'm glad they didn't haul you off to the pokey.
:-)