10:39 pm - We retired early due to the previous long night of after-prom chaperone duty.
11:40 p.m. - I awoke to a LOUD pop. I nudged the husband and asked him if he heard the noise. Next thing I knew, The smoke alarm was going off and I could smell something burning.
DD came out of her room asking what was going on and she could smell something burning.
Husband ran downstairs to see if he could find the source. DD and I went to the kitchen/living room area and the living room was filling up with smoke fast. I yelled for the husband.
DD herded Mr. Bettis & Co. outside and I dialed 911. Of course, we were ordered to leave the house.
Our local volunteer fire dept arrived within minutes (they live 1/4 mile from our house). They had just returned from another house fire so they were at the station when our call came in. They and hubby checked the source with a heat sensor and then checked out the electric box.
This was the source of the fire.
The lamp on the stand was plugged into an electric cord. There was a small glass of water on the stand and we figure one of the cats knocked over the glass and the water seeped into the cord plug. Take note that Electric and Water do not mix.
We appreciate our fire company, they dedicate their lives to volunteer their time to protect citizens. So the next time you see a fireman/firewoman give them a big thank you.
On a lighter note: Chan, please tell Sissy that Mr. Bettis thought the men and woman dressed in fire company gear were the greatest company he's ever greeted. He wagged his tail and licked their hands.
Daughter made a joke that she was a little disappointed because there weren't any young good-looking firemen...........LOL