A visit from the fire department in the middle of the night

Fire department

We had a great dinner with wonderful people at their farm. We even ate sheep which we stroke last summer. Something we rarely do, that meat eating part. When we got home everything was fine and we went to bed. What we didn’t know at that time was that our roommate was home. He usually sleeps in the hotel on Friday night. Unfortunately, it didn’t took long until we found out he was home this night.

At 4 o clock in the morning..

I was in a deep, deep sleep and I woke up from Mike screaming at me: “You have to wake up, NOW!”. He had to repeat this for 4 times before I finally opened my eyes.

The alarm

There are two alarms in the house and they made a lot of noise. We smelled smoke everywhere but couldn’t figure out where it was coming from. As we are above an empty store, we thought there was a fire beneath us.

Our roommate was home

When we were about to check downstairs, the door of our roommates room opened. Tons of smoke came out of it and he said, with a drunk voice, “I’m okay”.

Shocked and surprised we found the source of the fire. He threw a blanket on fire on the wooden railing of the deck. Mike had to threw it on the street and kicked the fire out.

A visit for sure

One fire alarm is directly connected to the fire department and so they came. Because of all the smoke we had to leave the house. Fortunate we could sit in the fire truck with the heat on. Our kids did well during this experience. They received a stuffed fire fighter bear from the fire fighters.

What we learned from this experience

This was the second time that the house was almost set on fire while we were sleeping. We all make mistakes. What we try to teach our family is to recognize your own mistakes and to talk about it. Unfortunately our roommate never learned these lessons and no word was spoken about it. We recognized our feelings of not feeling save anymore and decided to leave as soon as possible.

Our bubble needs to be save

We always explain that our family is in a bubble. In this bubble you can be yourself and we have certain agreements. Like respect each other, recognize your mistakes, talk about everything, give each other space when they need it, listen to each other and more. Our biggest realization through this experience is that we, as parents, have to be more selective of people who come close in our bubble. We respect everybody but before you come as close to our bubble like living in one house, you have to meet some requirements. That’s the only way we can keep our bubble save.


Have you ever been in a situation like this?
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