Image via WikipediaA woman in her 50s has lost her life because her home caught fire. Houses catching fire seem to be par for the course these days in Adelaide and it’s a trifle concerning. We see the fire trucks going out on a regular basis and wonder whose house it is this time and if they will be okay. The last one was from a child lighting a lighter, but then you get the drug labs going up and this one has happened but we do not know why. The firemen can usually get the people out, but the front door was deadlocked and it appears the poor lady couldn’t get out. If the fire took hold quickly she would maybe have been paralysed with fear. There’s the thing. We don’t often react sensibly to fire because we just panic. The people who are in my family who have been through the military are very calm with fires and get them out very quickly because they are not galvanized into a jelly brain and they clearly have a protocol to follow. We need some sound advice and we need some training on what to do and when. With houses it is particularly important because they can set other houses and big trees on fire, so a small fire becomes a danger very quickly. The poor lady was probably so scared she didn’t think to smash a window. We need a plan here because our firemen are really good when they get there and they have certainly had their work cut out lately.In the meantime my thoughts are with the family of the lady because that is the other incredibly hard thing to deal with when it comes to house fires…the loss and then the condition of the property. It is all really tough stuff.