I have a half dozen old cars I'm keeping to prep for future demolition derby. Yesterday I was putting batteries in them, airing up tires, digging out the wheels, to get them moved to mow where they were parked. It was a long hot process that took most of the afternoon.
Mrs Price took Son out school supply shopping. I then had to head out to take Daughter to meet a friend and drop them at the movies.
Then i took a mower to a customer in Cardington.
Came home to find a two alarm fire on my property. Four engines, tanker, squad, sheriff, brush fire truck.
Neighbor said flames were higher than the barn which is two stories tall. She said they'd seen smoke but thought I was burning rubbish everyone does out where I live.
Then they heard an explosion and saw big fire and smoke.
The opinion of the fire department was that mice had chewed the wiring in one of the cars to the point an electrical short circuit started the fire. I'd left the batteries in the cars while working on them. Then as the car burned the fire jumped to the adjacent cars, and so on.
We don't have hydrants so they were going to set up a tanker shuttle and drop tank to the fire house hydrant two miles away.
They got it extinguished before it spread into the trees and barn. Thank God for that.
We lost four derby cars, my 86 Toyota 4x4, two riding mowers, a garden tiller, some miscellaneous stuff.
Temp was in the 90s with a heat index of 100. They had the squad bring ice water. FD responded from our department and mutual aid in Cardington. It was hot enough it melted the aluminum wheels off of the cars.
Concern of the sheriff was the explosion, which they think was a bursting tire or an air bag now, they were worried I'd been torch cutting and was trapped under a car maybe, since nobody knew where I was.
It could have been worse.
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Striking down evil with the mighty sword of teamwork and the hammer of not bickering!
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