Wealthy Affiliate Saved My House!

Last Update: December 24, 2016

Yes, you heard me, Wealthy Affiliate saved my house!

This past Thursday, Dec. 22, the rest of my family were out finishing the rest of their Christmas shopping and I decided to stay at home and work on my websites. I was the only one home and things were progressing nicely when I started to hear some noises from our outside screened-in porch, which is just off our kitchen. I ignored it initially but then I finally decided to check to see if someone was in the screened-in porch because I didn't know what the noises were. As I opened the door to the screened-in porch I was met with a wave of heat and smoke, so much so that some of my hair was burnt. There was a fire in my screened-in porch and there were flames everywhere!!! I quickly closed the door, found a plastic jug and filled it with water from the sink. I then opened the door again and poured the water onto the fire, but it didn't do much.

I knew this method was going to take too long and my house was going to burn down so I ran out the patio door with the plastic jug. Our hoses were put away for the winter but thankfully I have a hot tub outside. I opened the door to the screened-in porch from the backyard and then I opened the lid to the hot tub. In my bare feet (bear in mind that we've got lots of snow on the ground), I filled the jug with water, ran into the screened-in porch, poured the water on the fire and repeated. After about 8 trips between the hot tub and the screened-in porch, the fire was put out.

Unfortunately, the house was filled with smoke and the smoke detectors were wailing away (good to know they worked). I opened every window in the house and eventually after about an hour the house was cleared of the smoke and eventually the smoke detectors went quiet.

All the wicker furniture and cushions and blankets were destroyed but thankfully no one was hurt and all the pets survived as well. The floor has a burnt area and the plastic that we put around the window screens to keep the snow out is all melted. The walls of the screened-in porch are all covered in a dark soot and so are the wood panels on the ceiling. At some point we will have to get those professionally cleaned, but it's too close to Christmas. We'll wait until after the holiday season to get that work done.

Here's a picture of the damage not too longer after it happened:

I'm just grateful that there was no further damage. In some ways, I'm grateful to Wealthy Affiliate for being home and working on my sites. If I wasn't home, I'm sure that I wouldn't have a house to be in over the Christmas holidays and my pets would certainly have perished. So while there is still a faint smell of smoke still lingering in my house, things could have been a lot worse. I still have a house to celebrate Christmas in with my family.

Merry Christmas everyone and all the best in 2017!

Shawn

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mikewood1975 Premium
I am so glad to hear you saved your house and you are safe!
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Compsol99 Premium
Thanks Stanley! It was a shocking situation to say the least. Thankfully I was able to put the fire out and there was minimal damage.
Regards,
Shawn
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realpurdy1 Premium
Yikes how scary that must have been; glad you were able to take control of it! :)
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Compsol99 Premium
You're right Shawna, it was very scary. But at the time I didn't really think about it, I was too busy trying to put the fire out. It was only after the fact when I sat down and thought about it, did I realize how lucky I was that I was at home and to be able to put it out.
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ArtKlemme-VC Premium
Wow, that had to be very frighting for you, glad everything worked out. May this year be your best year ever and may you reach awesome heights.
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Compsol99 Premium
You're right Arthur, it was very scary, but it only seemed to hit me after I put the fire out and had time to think about what happened. At the time, all I could think of was to get water to put it out.
I hope 2017 is the best year for myself and you as well.
Best regards,
Shawn
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peterma Premium
definitely something to be grateful for Shawn..that was a close one..it's great to hear the happy ending..have a great 2017.
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newstar1 Premium
Good Save Shawn!!
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Compsol99 Premium
I'm just glad that I was home at the time! Things could have been a lot worse.
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Hi Shawn. love your attitude. instead of focusing on what had just happened witch I thought was terrible,you chose to be happy about what didn't happen. That is a great story and I'm glad you were able to save you house. Thanks for sharing your story.
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RWB Premium
Hi Shawn. Sorry to hear about the fire. Glad the outcome was not the worst it could have been. With WA things will get better, for sure. Looks like you're well on your way to success. Have a great new year.

Randy B

https://extraincomecoaching.com
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Compsol99 Premium
Hi Randy,
Thanks very much. Yes, we were fortunate that it wasn't any worse. I hope you have a great new year as well.

Regards,
Shawn
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NarasimhaRao Premium
God and our Wealthy Affiliate family blessings are there for you always.
In this context I should not write . Don't think Otherwise.
In January (every year) 13th we will celebrate Bhogi Festival. In the early morning our people(mostly in Villages) will keep the old woorden furniture and fire wood lit the Fire and warm their bodies.Some people dance around the Fire. On 15th January we will Celebrate Makara Sankranthi.When the Sun enters Makara Rasi. With new paddy will arrive and make some sweet with Rice powder and Jaggery.(Arisa). The Festival also Called Pongal Festival.
Pongal also made with new rice ,Dal and Black Pepper. Sweet Pongal also made with Rice and Jaggery. After offering to God , we will eat it.
Finally I want to tell you in our Indian Culture especially in Sankranthi ,Bhogi Festival we will leave old things and Welcome for New Things.
Google search you can search the importance of Bhogi and Sankranthi or Pongal Festival.
Goodbye to Old year and Welcome to New Year.,with New Goals.
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DianneBee Premium
Goodness! I'm glad it turned out that way!
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Compsol99 Premium
So am I Dianne, thanks!
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SondraM Premium
I'm glad you were able to get the fire out quickly. Sometimes it takes something like that to make your remember how blessed you really are.

Best wishes for 2017.
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Compsol99 Premium
Very true Sondra. We definitely are blessed, thanks! Best wishes to you as well.
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SweetTLC Premium
Wow Shawn, that really was a CHRISTMAS MIRACLE! Thank goodness no one got hurt and the pets were ok. I hope it doesn't cost you too much to get everything fixed. Hopefully you have a much better New Year. Sending prayers your way.
Teresa
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Compsol99 Premium
Thank you Teresa! Yes, we are fortunate that there wasn't any more damage. I'm hoping that 2017 will be a great year for all of us.
Regards,
Shawn
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AngieVS Premium
Thank God you were at home!
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Compsol99 Premium
It was a very good thing that I was at home! Thanks Angeline!
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MsMoneyHoney Premium
Wow - Yes, that was a close one! Thank God you were at home with WA!
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Compsol99 Premium
Thanks Toni! It was fortunate that I was home.
Regards,
Shawn
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gmegs Premium
Wow - glad all is ok
... thank God you were home!
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Compsol99 Premium
Thanks Joanne! It is a good thing that I was working from home that day.
Regards,
Shawn
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ValerieJoy Premium
That was a dreadful experience for you Shawn. Sorry to read about it. Thank goodness for Wealthy Affiliate. As you say, if you hadn't taken the step to join WA you may well have been out with your family, or working away from your home. I believe that what is meant to be, will be. Some call it fate. Whatever it is, you home was saved!
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Compsol99 Premium
Thanks Valerie! I hope it's one experience that I never have again. It was fortunate that I was home working on my sites that day, otherwise I don't think I would have a house right now. I too believe in fate and that everything happens for a reason.
Best regards,
Shawn
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DawnHall1 Premium
Wow what a story.Sorry that happened,and yes ,thankfully no one was hurt.An example of your dedication and hard work.
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Compsol99 Premium
Thanks Dawn! That's all that matters is that one one was hurt.
Regards,
Shawn
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4evertrue Premium
Wow Shawn,
That must have been quite an horrific experience, but I'm happy that no one was hurt. Wishing you a speedy recovery from your loss and may the remainder of your holiday season be safe and secure.
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Compsol99 Premium
Hi Vincent! Yes, it was quite the experience. Hopefully I never have to go through that again. Yes, it was great that no one was hurt, except for a few hairs on my head. Enjoy the rest of your holidays and all the best to you and yours in 2017!
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LeeCraven Premium
Wow, I did not expect to read such a story, great save Shawn, earning an income clearly isn't the only benefit of being an affiliate, it appears you got paid a much better gift in saving your home.

I'm very thankful to see and hear there wasn't much loss, and I'm especially grateful that your family and yourself a free of harm.

Merry Christmas, and I wish you a blessed 2017 and hope it is filled with nothing but joy and success.
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Compsol99 Premium
Thanks very much Lee!
I hadn't thought of being an affiliate like that before but now that you put it that way, yes it is a great thing that I'm an affiliate!

I'm also glad that no one was hurt and that I was able to minimize the damage from the fire.

Merry Christmas to you as well and I wish you and yours all the best in 2017.
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Kav Premium
Thankfully you were around to prevent further disaster.
Enjoy the rest of your Christmas.
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Compsol99 Premium
Absolutely, otherwise we would have been staying at one of the relatives' houses. i hope you enjoy the rest of your holidays as well.
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mybiz4u Premium
OMG, Shawn. I am glad you and your family are ok. WOW, what a story...EVERYTHING happens for a reason, EVER TIME!
Be safe and well.
Michelle
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Compsol99 Premium
Thanks very much Michelle! I believe that things happen for a reason as well. Enjoy your holidays.
Regards,
Shawn
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mybiz4u Premium
You too, Shawn.
Michelle
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viyee Premium
Thanks, you are not hurt, Shawn.
Very sorry to hear about this.
Take care and Merry Christmas to you and your family!:)
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Compsol99 Premium
Thanks very much Peony. Yes, we're grateful that no one was hurt. Merry Christmas to you and yours and all the best in 2017!
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viyee Premium
Thank you! All the best!
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sali82 Premium
All is well that ends well, good thing everything turned out ok
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Compsol99 Premium
Thanks Sal. We're happy to have minimized any damage.
Regards,
Shawn
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Tensae27 Premium
Thank God! Glad to hear that no one was hurt & still your house was saved...what better Christmas gift do you need? You were really lucky! Merry Christmas & a Happy New Year!!!
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Compsol99 Premium
Thanks very much Sara. We were indeed very lucky. I'm just glad that no one was hurt and that I was able to minimize the damage. I guess Christmas did come a little early for our family!!! Merry Christmas to you and yours and all the best in 2017!
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CRutherford1 Premium
I am glad to hear that you and pets are unscathed by the fire! Good thing you were home. Happy Holidays to you and your family
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Compsol99 Premium
Thanks Craig. Yes, we were very fortunate. Merry Christmas to you and yours and all the best in 2017!
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celiams5215 Premium
Shawn
What a wonderful story. Things certainly could have been so much worse, as you pointed out. So glad you were home and able to stop the fire from getting worse.
A very merry Christmas to you and your family!
Celia
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Compsol99 Premium
Thanks Celia. Yes, we were very fortunate. Merry Christmas to you and yours and all the best in 2017!
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JewelCarol Premium
Thank God you are not hurt, Shawn. so sorry to hear about this. Take care and Merry Christmas to you and yr family!:)
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Compsol99 Premium
Thanks very much Jewel. Thankfully no one was hurt, that's the main thing. Merry Christmas to you and yours and all the best in 2017!
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HelenpDoyle Premium
The mystery fan. However did it burst into flames. Wood is actually not too bad if the flames are put out quickly. Often a quick sanding works so my fingers are crossed for you.

With all the bush fires we get over here we have an adaptor on our shower that our hose can clip into. It wouldn't do much good on a full blown fire but good for spot fires around (and in your case in) the house. We don't have to keep a hose inside but it is just outside the back door.

Glad your pets are fine as they often are the most affected beings. Now close the door and don't look at it until the festive season is over.
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Compsol99 Premium
Thanks very much Helen. Actually, it wasn't the fan at all. That was just sitting in the screened-in porch. We believe it was either a cigarette butt or a candle that did the damage, but without any evidence, it's difficult to say for sure. Given that it's cold and snowy here, we put the hoses away for the winter, so it's a good thing I had access to the water in the hot tub.Thankfully no one was hurt, that's the main thing. Merry Christmas to you and yours and all the best in 2017!
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tjandro1 Premium
Good thing you were home!
Merry Christmas!
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Compsol99 Premium
Thanks very much Terry. Yes, it was a good thing that I was home. Thankfully no one was hurt, that's the main thing. Merry Christmas to you and yours and all the best in 2017!
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Labman Premium
Glad you are OK and the damage is minor.

Shorted fan?
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Compsol99 Premium
Thanks Craig! I'm glad the damage was minor as well. Actually, the fan wasn't even plugged in. It was just sitting in the screened-in porch.
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mbouteiller Premium
Hi Shawn... I'm sad to hear the news. I'm grateful no one was hurt and your pets are fine. Glad your fire detector worked...

Take Care Shawn... I wish you and your family a very Blessed Merry Christmas!
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Compsol99 Premium
Thanks very much Monica. I too am grateful that no one was injured and that our dogs and cat are okay as well. Merry Christmas to you and yours and all the best in 2017!
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KelseyLim Premium
Hi Shawn, So sorry to hear about this. Glad you put out the fire in the nick of time. Merry Christmas to you and all at home. Best wishes for the coming New Year 2017. [Kelsey]
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Compsol99 Premium
Thanks very much Kelsey. I'm just glad I had access to the water in my hot tub, otherwise the outcome would have been completely different. Merry Christmas to you and yours and all the best in 2017!
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bigrog44 Premium
Hey, Shawn, I hope your house is okay. You have a very Merry Christmas.
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Compsol99 Premium
Thanks very much Roger. I'm just glad the outcome wasn't worse. Merry Christmas to you and yours and all the best in 2017!
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bigrog44 Premium
No problem, Shawn.
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RandallW2 Premium
Wow! Glad you're ok, Shawn and no one was hurt. I'm thankful your house wasn't destroyed too.
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Compsol99 Premium
Thanks very much Randall. I'm glad no one was hurt either. Merry Christmas to you and yours and all the best in 2017!
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Asir Premium
Woah... sorry about the damage, Shawn! It's great than everybody's OK though. Merry Christmas to you too!
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Compsol99 Premium
Thanks very much Asir. I'm grateful the damage was minimized and that no one was hurt.
Regards,
Shawn
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kmotte Premium
Wow, I'm glad you and your house are ok.
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Compsol99 Premium
Thanks very much Keith. Merry Christmas to you and yours and all the best in 2017!
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Loweg965 Premium
Great job there I am so happy things worked out for you. Yet I come to the old thought that things happen for a reason I am glad to hear all turned out well
MERRY CHRISTMAS AND HAPPY NEW YEAR
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Compsol99 Premium
Thanks very much Gary. I believe that things happen for a reason as well. I'm just glad I had access to the water in my hot tub, otherwise the outcome would have been completely different. Merry Christmas to you and yours and all the best in 2017!
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Donnie58 Premium
Glad to hear everything worked out for the best, Shawn! You were very fortunate.
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Compsol99 Premium
Thanks very much Don. You're right, I do believe that I was very fortunate. Merry Christmas to you and yours and all the best in 2017!
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Donnie58 Premium
Same to you, Shawn!
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CathH1 Premium
wow Shawn, that is lucky that you were there! have you any idea what caused the fire to start? :-(
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Compsol99 Premium
I think so too Cath. I believe that it might have been caused by either a cigarette butt or a candle, but without any evidence I'm just guessing.
Regards,
Shawn
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MKearns Premium
Whew that was a close call Shawn. Glad it wasn't worse!
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Compsol99 Premium
Thanks Michael! I'm fortunate that it wasn't worse. Merry Christmas to you and yours and all the best in 2017!
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Colker Premium
As you indicated I am happy that you and your family are safe. Have a blessed and holy christmas.
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Compsol99 Premium
Thanks very much Collin! Merry Christmas to you and yours and all the best in 2017!
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didihorizon Premium
It's good you all are safe, Merry Christmas and happy new year 2017.
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Compsol99 Premium
Thanks very much Didi, I appreciate it! Merry Christmas to you and yours and all the best in 2017!
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MarseanM Premium
Wow glad to hear that everything is fine
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Compsol99 Premium
Thanks very much Marsean!
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MarseanM Premium
You are welcome
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barbaraA Premium
Shawn, Scary. Thank God you were home. Have a safe and merry Christmas.
Barbara
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Compsol99 Premium
Thanks Barbara. It was a good thing that I was home indeed. The outcome would have been completely different. Merry Christmas to you and yours and all the best in 2017!
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AnisChity Premium
Glad to hear that, it could be worse if you left home! Merry Christmas!
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Compsol99 Premium
Thanks very much Anis. You are right, it could have been much worse.
Regards,
Shawn
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drcmaint Premium
Good for you that this worked out so well.
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Compsol99 Premium
Thanks John! I'm happy that there wasn't more damage and I'm grateful no one was hurt. Merry Christmas to you and yours and all the best in 2017!
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seconds2work Premium
Thank God you were home and no loss that can't be replace.

God bless, merry christmas
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Compsol99 Premium
Thanks LeNard! I'm glad that I was home as well. Thankfully there wasn't more damage and I'm grateful no one was hurt. Merry Christmas to you and yours and all the best in 2017!
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gbsun Premium
Wow! I'm so happy everything turned out as well as it did for you.
You have a lot to be thankful for.
Happy Holidays!
Gina
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Compsol99 Premium
Thanks Gina! I'm happy that there wasn't more damage and I'm grateful no one was hurt, so yes, I have a lot to be thankful for. Merry Christmas to you and yours and all the best in 2017!
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ChappyK Premium
Prayers are away! Merry Christmas to you and yours.
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Compsol99 Premium
Thanks Carl! Merry Christmas to you and yours and all the best in 2017!
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Oscar999 Premium
Shawn ... what a pre-holiday experience. So glad that you are fine as well as family and pets. I wish you and the family (and pets) well and the best for 2017.
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Compsol99 Premium
Yes, that was quite the experience Oscar, one that I hope won't happen again. Thankfully, everyone is fine and no pets were injured. Merry Christmas to you and yours and all the best in 2017!
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eagleswealth Premium
Wow..what an experience! Thank God everyone's ok. Wishing you well over the holidays.
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Compsol99 Premium
Yes Judy, it was quite the experience, one I hopefully won't have again! It was wonderful that no one was hurt. Merry Christmas to you and yours and all the best in 2017.
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eagleswealth Premium
Thank you, Shawn.
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FFinch Premium
Glad everything turned out OK. What was the cause of the blaze?
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Compsol99 Premium
Thanks Forrest. I believe it was either a cigarette butt or a candle, but unfortunately there's no evidence left to confirm that.
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JohnnyA Premium
Thankfully no one was hurt and damage is minimal.
Hope you all have a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year...
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Compsol99 Premium
Thanks very much Johnny. Merry Christmas to you and yours as well!
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Sorry to hear about all the damage, but glad to hear that no one got hurt.

Talk about being in the right place, at the right time..

Glad you guys are all safe.
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Compsol99 Premium
Thanks Nicoleen. Yes, I was lucky to be in the right place at the right time. Merry Christmas to you and all the best in 2017!
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Thanks, you too !! May you and your family have a great and happy Festive Season !!
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Steve1958 Premium
My goodness Shawn...
WA and someone else was looking after you...
I am so glad it's not as bad as it could have been...
A special Christmas this year?
All the best...
Steve
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Compsol99 Premium
Thanks so much Steve! I think you're right. Hopefully it will be a special Christmas. Merry Christmas to you and yours and all the best in 2017.
Regards,
Shawn
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PaulineT Premium
Oh Shawn. Glad you and your family, pets and house are fine. Wealthy Affiliates rocks in more ways than one!!! :)
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Compsol99 Premium
It sure does, doesn't it Pauline! Thanks!
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startouched Premium
Wow!! Glad everything is okay with you and your home!!
Merry Christmas!
-Kathy
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Compsol99 Premium
Thanks Kathy! Merry Christmas to you and yours as well!
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Tezsie Premium
Glad you found out in time and did the right thing.
Merry Xmas to you and your family and pets!
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Compsol99 Premium
Yes, I was fortunate, thanks Tessa. Merry Christmas to you and yours as well!
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ecomtom Premium
Wow, glad you were home, and it wasn't worse. Merry Christmas, Tom
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Compsol99 Premium
Yes, I'm certainly glad it wasn't any worse. Thanks Tom and Merry Christmas to you and yours as well!
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rich6153 Premium
I am so grateful you are alright and the home is saved.
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Compsol99 Premium
Thank you very much Marilyn! Merry Christmas to you and yours.
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CandidaC Premium
So sorry that this happened. But glad you and your pets are safe :)
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Compsol99 Premium
Me too Candida, but at least no one was hurt. Merry Christmas to you and yours!
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Goson Premium
So glad you, your pets and house are safe. So good you were home and able to protect your house. Cheers.
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Compsol99 Premium
Me too Goson, thanks! Merry Christmas to you and yours.
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JohnFry Premium
Wow! So fortunate. Nothing is worse than a fire. Spending 32 years in the Home Insurance industry. I have seen many, plus in 1990 had one of my own. I know what you are dealing with. Bless you my friend, this too will pass!
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Compsol99 Premium
This was my first fire and hopefully my last. Thankfully there wasn't more damage, thanks John! Merry Christmas to you and yours.
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Toshmack Premium
Well done my friend, thank God you and the pets are safe and you saved the house!
Good man, A Merry Christmas To You.
Cheers, Tosh :)
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Compsol99 Premium
Thanks Tosh! I'm glad there wasn't too much damage either. Merry Christmas to you and yours.
Regards,
Shawn
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halinphilly Premium
Whoa! Happy it ended wirh most of the house still intact and everyone safe and sound. May your holiday be much more serene.
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Compsol99 Premium
Thanks very much Hal! Yes, glad I was able to minimize the damage. I'm definitely looking for a more serene Christmas. Merry Christmas to you and yours.
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halinphilly Premium
Thanks, Shawn!
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reanna1 Premium
That was great, Shawn! Thank God you were there and everything is ok now! Merry Christmas to you too, Shawn! :)
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Compsol99 Premium
Thanks Rebecca. Yes, it was a good thing that I was there. Merry Christmas to you and all the best in 2017!
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GuineaPig Premium
That is certainly a Christmas blessing that you were home and able to put the fire out. It is never a good time for something like that to happen but you were very fortunate. Merry Christmas!!
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Compsol99 Premium
Thanks Brek. Yes, it was a good thing that I was there. Merry Christmas to you and all the best in 2017!
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CaJe51 Premium
Thankfully everyone is okay. Stuff can be fixed and replaced. Glad you got it taken care of. Merry Christmas!
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Compsol99 Premium
Thanks Carol. Yes, possessions can be replaced but lives can't. Merry Christmas to you and all the best in 2017!
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GautamWorld Premium
12 years back, the house we lived suddenly had cracks... My father panicked, but I could not feel anything or imagine why?! Was too immature... perhaps naive.

No more the same and we all change with time.

I can feel now what you went through. And it's great you're comfortable in your home :)

Everything in life is PERHAPS pre-destined and happen for a reason.

Good luck for everything ahead in life.
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Compsol99 Premium
Thanks Gautam. I agree that things happen for a reason. Merry Christmas to you and all the best in 2017!
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TomasB Premium
Glad you caught it in time! What exactly caught fire and how can we avoid this?
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Compsol99 Premium
Thanks Tomas. I believe it was either a cigarette butt or a candle, but I can't find any evidence. Merry Christmas to you and all the best in 2017!
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kasage00 Premium
Eek.. Yes it is a good thing you were home. That is correct if you worked an office job...things would have been worse. I work an office job and that puts some fear in me.
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Compsol99 Premium
Yes it was Karin. I actually do have an office job but thankfully I was working from home that day.
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cosmicradio Premium
Shawn, I'm glad no one was hurt, and that the damage seems to be minimal. It could have been much worse. Have a Merry Christmas!
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Compsol99 Premium
Thanks very much Rick. Merry Christmas to you as well and all the best in 2017!
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Techiescot Premium
That was wonderful ... everything happens for a reason.
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Compsol99 Premium
Yes it does Gillian. I was glad that I was home when it happened. Merry Christmas!
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