Friday 22 April started off cold and wet so around lunch time the Senior Partner decided to light the wood burner and make the house warm and cosy for the afternoon.
Little did we know.
911 (US), 999 (UK) or in our case 118 are the telephone numbers that bring help and support quickly when needed.
Within a very short time the fire services from Bayeux, Isigny sur Mer and Le Molay Littry (14 firemen and 1 firewoman) arrived to save our beautiful 16th century Presbytery from going up in flames!
The fire caused no significant damage although the wood burner had to be removed and manhandled outdoors and the chimney opened up so that they could put out the fire.
The rug and parquet floor weren't too badly affected by soot, it may look messy but we were so lucky, it could have been so much worse.
The fire chief told us that with houses as old as ours if the fire had reached the attics there could have been a very different outcome.
The smouldering remains of the fire removed from the chimney.
What a great team effort, thanks pompiers/sapeurs!
Once the danger was over M'Selle Fleur was allowed outside to meet the teams.
Thanks again but we really do hope not to see you again soon!
It took a couple of days to get the room clean again, the insurance assessor will come in the next few days to make their report.
The stove fitter has ordered the parts required to reinstall the wood burner once that is done.
Hopefully very soon the sitting room will look like this once more.
So where did we head off to as an antidote to all the excitement?
|Parliament buildings on the Pest side of the Danube|