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Three Cautionary Tales

Three Cautionary Tales About People Setting Fire to Their Cars, Homes, and Themselves to Keep Warm
We FULLY understand how your desire to STAY WARM can overpower your common sense right now.  But please try to stay warm safely . . . so you don't wind up like these three people.
1.  On Tuesday morning, in Lac du Flambeau, Wisconsin, it was minus-23 out and a woman was trying to get her car to warm up so it would start.  Nothing traditional was working . . . so she eventually put HOT CHARCOAL under it.
But the bottom of the car caught on fire.  The police say the woman was lucky not to get hurt . . . but the car suffered some serious damage.  (Milwaukee Journal Sentinel)
2.  On Tuesday, a man in his mid-50s was working at a steel plant in Upper Dublin, Pennsylvania.  The plant didn't have heat, so the man was working near a portable propane heater to stay warm.  But he ended up getting TOO CLOSE.
He accidentally SET HIMSELF ON FIRE, his co-workers used fire extinguishers to put him out, and he was hospitalized with serious burns.  (Montgomery News)
3.  On Monday night, a family in Cleveland County, North Carolina couldn't get their furnace to work . . . so they huddled around the stove.  An item near the stove caught on fire . . . and the entire house went up in flames.
The family all got out safely, but the house is damaged badly enough that they can't stay there anymore.  (ABC 9 - Charlotte)


The Cold Weather Saves a Woman's Life, When Her Car Goes Off a Bridge and Lands on a Pond That's Frozen Solid
54-year-old Anne Spiess of Maplewood, Minnesota is alive today . . . thanks to the POLAR VORTEX.  Hope you feel guilty for complaining about all the freezing cold weather.
On Tuesday, Anne was driving on an overpass when she lost control of her truck, went over a guardrail, fell 100 feet, and landed on a pond.
Yes, ON a pond.  Because it's so cold there, the pond was frozen solid . . . enough not to crack when a truck landed on it. 
If the ice hadn't held, Anne would've died in the water.  Instead, she was knocked unconscious . . . but survived.
She was rushed to the hospital where she's listed in fair condition.  
(ABC 5 - St. Paul)

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