A Miracle Save

At first sight you’d think this building was a goner.  It isn’t.  There was an article about a barn fire up in Cummington in the Gazette the other day. What interested me was that the mutual aid people from Goshen and Plainfield and Cummington managed to save this building, when the fire  had a significant … Continue reading A Miracle Save

Read the Can

God knows the warning print is small. Linseed oil seems kind of benign and organic, so when we use it to stain  furniture and it comes time to get rid of the wet rags and newspapers, we don’t think about spontaneous combustion. Maybe we didn’t take the time to read the directions. Thrown into a barrel, … Continue reading Read the Can

When firemen have to watch a building burn down ( first published April 2009)

After the fire If you look at the Youtube video of the fire up at Meadowbrook Apartments in 2009; you’ll see something strange.  The firemen are moving slowly, almost if they had been struck with narcolepsy. There is no urgency, there seems to be no attack on the fire going on.  To read the article, … Continue reading When firemen have to watch a building burn down ( first published April 2009)