A house fire changed my life. Here's how two minutes could help save yours

May 04, 2021 at 10:48

When I glanced over and saw the smoke, I didn't panic.
Thinking about that strange odor, I asked my husband if he would go check on our 6-month old son.
He went into our 2-year-old's room instead -- a decision that ended up changing the course of our lives.
I tried to explain why a bunch of firemen walked into our living room, telling him how fun it was to have firefighters in our house.
The next thing I knew, several firefighters came into the basement and told me that we needed to evacuate the house -- now.
About 10 minutes later, my husband joined us at our neighbor's house with our dog.
My husband, who is usually pretty stoic, started crying hysterically, repeating, "It's gone, our house is gone!"
The firefighters were breaking open the walls with axes and sledgehammers and pouring thousands of gallons of water into the house in an effort to save it.
But thanks to the incredible firefighters, the structure of our house had been saved, along with all of our lives.
I want to share what we experienced in an effort to help others be better prepared for the unexpected.
Knowing what I now know, I would have had a home inspector check the fireplace after it was restored.
But since I can't go back in time, I can help you prepare for the future.