Yes it was close.
A near tragedy was averted because of a bathroom call at 3 am.
Many people have wood burning fireplaces and or small wood stoves.
They are a great source of a supplemental source of heat.
Here is the story:
Mr. homeowner cleaned out the ashes from the fire place.
Set them by the door to take out in the morning when he headed to work.
He awoke for a nature call and when he got into the hallway he smelled Smoke.
Quickly checked the bedrooms and then went downstairs.
To his surprise, the smoke was coming from t he ash bucket.
The issue was that the pail was melting! Yes Melting.
He was using a plastic pail for the ashes and is was smoldering and dripping onto the floor.
If you are one of those that are using wood to burn, make sure you are safely disposing of the ashes.
It could be a disaster in the making.