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February 04, 2005

If it weren’t for bad luck I’d have no luck at all.

A home in Welmbuettel, Germany caught fire. When the flames reaches the gas pipes the resulting explosion sent debris as far away as 160 feet. Neighbors watched as flames engulfed the house. Welmbuettel has a fire station, fully equipped, and located nearby. Very nearby. In fact the fire station was only 60 feet away from the burning house. The trouble was the debris the explosion scattered completely blocked the fire engines from exiting the fire station, so no equipment could be used. The fire fighters simply watch with the other neighbors as the house was consumed.

Police spokesman Guenter Santjer said the owner of the house had been lucky as he was away hunting at the time.

"He was extremely crestfallen when he came back to find his house had been razed to the ground, but realized he had had a lucky escape," said Santjer.

The fire was eventually put out two hours later by a fire crew from a neighboring town.

Posted by Jack Lewis at February 4, 2005 09:26 AM

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