Had a fire in my place yesterday, took out a few cubic feet of my papercrete roof. Tried to quell it myself with the help of my neighbors, but it seemed to be getting away from me so we called 911 and the Columbus FD came out and saturated it for me.

What had happened was the stovepipe inside the wall had come apart, and all it took was one hot ash to ignite the wall. It followed cracks in the papercrete for almost two feet in both directions before I noticed it when I went to pour more water into my coffee and some red-hot ashes came falling down from the ceiling above the wood stove.

So anyway, now I've got a mess in my kitchen, soggy papercrete chunks all over the floor. I'm going away for a week or two, to Northern California for a friend's 50th birthday celebration, and will deal with it when I come back.

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