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Scott Tichenor
Aug-28-2005, 12:06am
This is the picture from my front porch showing the house next door that burned to a crisp around 11 p.m. this evening. We had just fallen asleep when the kids that lived in the house started banging on our door. We ran out and didn't go back in until the fire was under control. Pretty scary to see how fast these develop while the fire truck is sitting there hooking up the hoses. I could have run in to get the mandolins but didn't. My Nugget was sitting in the front room in the stand. All I could think was, it's insured, as are the rest. No one hurt. Minor damage to our patio fence. Excitement I can do without.

Scott Tichenor
Aug-28-2005, 12:35am
My daughter's bedroom was right across from where the fire started. I think I can now admit this was darn scary. Got a gig tomorrow so we're headed to bed. Goodnight.


Aug-28-2005, 12:38am
Wow Scott, do you mean it was in the burning house, or in your house next door ? I just had to ask .

Aug-28-2005, 1:08am
How wide are those cedar clapboards that are going to need replaced? http://www.mandolincafe.net/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/tounge.gif

I'd get really nervous having to live with houses that close to each other. Glad no one was hurt!


Professor PT
Aug-28-2005, 1:17am
Wrap that Nugget in an asbestos blanket( but don't inhale )!

Scott Tichenor
Aug-28-2005, 9:04am
Mandolins OK. They were in my house, not the one that burned, but boy I sure had a pile of them that were probably no more than 20 feet from the hottest part of the blaze, and I was not going back in to get them although it would have likely been OK. About 3-4 minutes before they extinguished the place it would have been the entire house (next door) on fire. They got it right before it really peaked or we'd probably had some serious heat damage to boot. As it is, looks like 10-15 boards to replace on the fence and let the insurance wanks work out what else they can find.

I'll be getting a nice new view to the South very soon. May buy the lot and just leave it empty. Or maybe I'll open a Cafe. What to name it...

Aug-28-2005, 9:24am
Glad to hear all are safe, Scott. So sorry to hear about the loss for your neighbors, though.

Reminds me of the time when I came home late one evening many years ago. My roommate and I heard a peeping sound, like bird or small critter. We looked all over our apartment (ground floor of a duplex in a long row of old duplexes with 8' walkways between them). No luck. He went to bed, I decided to take a look outside. I wandered around to one of the walkways. I looked up. I could see the full moon in the clear night sky. Set off against the deep blue sky, I could see beautiful orange flames coming out of the kitchen fan window of the upstairs apartment next door. #http://www.mandolincafe.net/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/wow.gif # Needless to say, all pandemonium then broke loose. Fast Forward: found a soaked, peeping baby squirrel in the walkway as the firefighters were cleaning up. It's family burned up in the kitchen fan window and it was the sole survivor - and warning call to the rest of us. No humans or mandolins hurt.

Aug-28-2005, 10:02am

Aug-28-2005, 12:10pm
Glad everyone is alright, and you have minimal damage of your own.

Any word yet on what started it?

Aug-28-2005, 4:55pm
Wow, Scott! I'm glad no one was hurt - including your mandolins. I am really sorry for the family next door. There's not much worse than a fire and all the smoke and stink that's left in what doesn't burn.

Scott Tichenor
Aug-28-2005, 6:13pm
Just back from spending all day at the Kansas State Picking and Fiddling Championships. Quite the fun and a nice steamy hot Kansas day on top of it as it is every year for this event.

No word on the cause of the fire yet although it appears the fire examiner (or whatever they're called) spent a good part of the day there and likely has a conclusion. Don't mean to make this into some big story of my life here. The interesting mandolin content in this is that as we were standing away from our house after evacuating, the importance of all of my mandolins seemed very insignificant.

As it is, playing outside in this temperature and humidity most of the afternoon, instead of my mandolin being burnt to a crisp as I thought might happen last night, it's simply in need of a good bath at the moment. Thanks for the concern.

Aug-28-2005, 6:24pm
You're a better man than me. I'd probably do like Steve Martin in The Jerk: "All I need is this mandolin... and that mandolin... and those 5 flutes... and this chair..." http://www.mandolincafe.net/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/smile.gif