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Bad Yule-Log Luck

"Went over to help my elderly mother decorate her tree. With Bing Crosby singing in the background, I started a fire in the fireplace to set the mood. Unfortunately I read the instructions incorrectly to open the flue and actually closed it. Ended up starting a fire that rapidly raged up the front of the fireplace. The alarms were blaring when I managed to throw a bucket of water into the firebox and put out the flames. We spent the remainder of the day repainting the fireplace. We both cried as we worked. We never had the chance to repeat the intended event, but I was thankful I did not burn down her house that day!"

Jeanne B.
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