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Just hanging out in the kitchen making some tea, when all of a sudden, I smell something burning, like a candle or something. So of course I immediately jump to worst case scenarios of shorting electrical wires and such. But I follow the smell to the back door and find a piece of burning cardboard in my little enclosed (and roofed over) back 'patio'.

Wow, was I really freaked out now. What the hell? Where did this come from - yes, there are small holes in the 'roof' over my patio but nothing big enough to fit a flaming piece of cardboard the size of a dinner plate. I grabbed a container of water and put the fire out, then tried to figure out if this was a weird accident, some kind of random neighborhood prank, or an actual criminal act.

Turns out the neighbors upstairs are having a barbecue on their balcony (with burning cardboard?) and some of it escaped their attention. So, not someone deliberately trying to scare or kill me. Yay! But holy crap, that seems like a bad plan. Enjoy your fired meats, guys, but please try not to burn my home down in the process, okay?

And now I'm going to sip my tea and pretend that I'm not absolutely, horribly, keep me up at night afraid of fire.

Date: 2016-04-03 01:17 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] shirebound.livejournal.com
Wow, good thing you got to that in time! Very scary indeed.

Date: 2016-04-03 02:28 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] auntiemeesh.livejournal.com
Luckily, it's pretty much all cement block out there, and it's raining to boot, so it would probably have just gone out on its own eventually, but it's not a pleasant thought.

Date: 2016-04-03 01:42 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] grey-wonderer.livejournal.com
They really should be more careful. I hope they are through with their fire event soon. I'm glad you found it and put it out quickly.

Date: 2016-04-03 02:29 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] auntiemeesh.livejournal.com
I think they're done now, I haven't smelled anything burning in a while. I suspect this will be a habit in the warmer months, however.

Date: 2016-04-03 11:45 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] eve11.livejournal.com
((hugs)) That is doubly awful that you have to rely on your neighbors to not be idiots (which seems like asking a lot).

Date: 2016-04-03 04:20 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] auntiemeesh.livejournal.com
Ah, the joys of apartment living!

Date: 2016-04-03 09:25 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] ani-no-mouse.livejournal.com
That is way too much excitement. Hope you were able to get some sleep, anyway.

Date: 2016-04-05 02:10 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] auntiemeesh.livejournal.com
The combination of cold meds and sickness exhaustion did the trick and I slept pretty well, in spite of everything.

Date: 2016-04-04 02:08 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] wbkbb.livejournal.com
Yikes!! Did the neighbors seem to have any idea that they were releasing flaming projectiles from their balcony? I hope it does not become a regular summer occurrence!

Date: 2016-04-05 02:11 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] auntiemeesh.livejournal.com
They seemed a bit confused but eventually figured out how it could have happened. I suspect they've had a grill up there for ages but this was the first time it impinged upon my personal awareness as anything other than a faint grilled-meats smell.

Date: 2016-04-04 04:35 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] antbee362.livejournal.com
I am glad you found it and it was a relatively benign event. Maybe you should tell them about using charcoal and starter fluid although they might be the type to put so much lighter fluid on that the whole thing flames up. This is not a real suggestion of what you should do, just in case you think the ant is getting really bossy with her suggestions.

Date: 2016-04-05 02:12 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] auntiemeesh.livejournal.com
Don't worry, I gotcha. I thought about it, because really, a couple of middle-aged dudes should know how to do a grill by this point in their lives.

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