Yesterday at the end of the post, I indicated that I would tell you how our cabin caught fire. With great SPEED, that's how.
We use propane heat, refrigeration, and lighting in our cabin as it isn't located anywhere near access to power lines. The guilty object was one of the lights in the kitchen - the propane light right above the kitchen sink.
Several of us had been getting a random whiff of propane in that general vicinity for a while, and for whatever reason, the leaking propane decided to catch fire on Friday.
I was in the process of cooking some supper, and son Caleb was just generally hanging around, waiting for the meal and circling the food like a piranha. I turned my back for just several moments, and all of a sudden Caleb is yelling, "Whoa, whoa, whoa!"
With that I turned around to see flames shooting from the lamp and crawling up the wall. FAST.
Although the fire appeared to be stopped, our concern was whether or not the flames had traveled up through the ceiling and into the attic. It was hard to tell, and we made a lucky and correct assumption that the fire had been stopped in just the knick of time.
SCARY, it was. After we all calmed down and the adrenaline settled out, we discussed among ourselves how easily the whole cabin could have gone up in smoke and flames and been destroyed. Our cabin is roughly 50 years old, and due to the heat from many years of fires and propane lighting and heating, frankly it is as dry as a tinderbox.
SOBERING. As recommended to any homeowners and families, we planned among ourselves how we would have escaped had the fire gone out of control and blocked the main entrance to the cabin. This is certainly an issue of concern, as all the windows have removable "bear bars." It is important to know how to quickly open them if the windows need to be used as an escape route.
Furthermore, as a family we decided to end the practice of leaving that one light on in the bathroom all night. We will each carry a flashlight or lantern if a middle-of-the-night trip to the bathroom is required.
I'd like to say we are back to normal and good as new, but I'm not comfortable yet to do so. At least we are fortunate that nobody was hurt.
I probably only shortened my life by a year or two dealing with the stress of it all.