There are two misconceptions I think many people have about a house fire. One is that the smoke is a bit like the nice smoke you get from a campfire, and you can breath a bit and survive. Smoke in a house fire is like a cloud of droplets of liquid tar, so thick that when it hits the wall it runs down the wall in black rivulets of tar. One good breath of that can kill you. Fire doesn't spread slowly through the house like a grass fire across a field either. A small fire can raise the temperature inside a room to the ignition point where the entire room bursts into flame. Then the windows start blowing out. You 've only got a few minutes. If you ever have a house fire, don't stop for a moment to save anything other than other people! Get out fast!
Not much walking today, with a Christmas lunch and some rainy weather. I'll have to make up for it over the next few days.