“You can’t fix stupid. Unfortunately, stupid doesn’t go on vacation either.” (one of Steve’s favorite sayings that most often applies to his Mom’s boyfriend. I refer to him as Dickhead)
So this afternoon, Steve’s Mom called. “There’s a fire in the garage, come quick!” Steve pulled on boots and coat and raced out the door and drove off. I called 911 because I had no idea if his Mom had done that. (later I found out she had…. after she called Steve). I closed up the fireplace, turned stuff off, pulled on clothes, boots & coat, grabbed my camera and cane and started walking up the road.
Steve’s niece lives next door to us, on the other side of our front pasture. And Mom lives next to them. So it is only 2 driveways up…. or about a 5 acres away.
This is what I saw when I got to the driveway:
Yes… that is his grand niece standing so close. She told me later….”I was standing right there when the tractor exploded!” (you can’t fix stupid)
In the picture above, you can see the first fireman on the scene (he arrived before I did, but after Steve did) and Steve. Mom’s house, their car and truck are on the right. The van on the left is right behind the garage that is on fire. Dickhead wanted to pull that van out with a chain. (you can’t fix stupid) Steve wouldn’t let him, said it was too dangerous.
In the picture above, you can see niece’s garage right next to Dickhead’s garage that is on fire. Niece’s husband does lots of car painting. I was waiting for it to blow. And on very left edge of photo is their house… a trailer.
A welcome sight.
Running more hose down the driveway to the tankers in the road. (For you city slickers reading this… No fire hydrants in the country)
Truck above is first of 5 on the road.. all full of water!
All volunteers. All well trained. All are appreciated!
The photo above and the one below were both taken from my driveway again. 5 trucks along our pasture fence that is along the road. And another one out at the end of the road to stop traffic from coming down our road.
So….. the reason for the fire? Dickhead was working on a tractor in the garage. With the propane heater going. Knocked over the gas tank that he had taken off of the tractor that had gas in it. And the rest is history. He is really lucky he is alive. And all he can do is whine about losing his stuff.
You can’t fix stupid.
The Commander on the scene asked him if he had insurance. no. (You can’t fix stupid) The saddest part of that is that Volunteer Fire Departments recoup some of their money through homeowner’s insurance. So that won’t happen in this instance.
THANK YOU to all the firemen who responded. Sandy Lake, Stoneboro, Sheakleyville, and Jackson Center VFD’s…. a huge thank you to you all!
On a personal note… I was feeling a little bit of my family roots this afternoon, shooting pictures of a fire. My Dad started the Chicago Fire Department’s Photo Division. I think he would have smiled at the thought of me grabbing my camera before going out the door!