Today's plans got changed. I was going to meet a friend for lunch and then go to see the Old Country Gospel show at a local theatre, but I got a fire call. I am not a firefighter, but am on the support team that goes on big calls. Our department wasn't called, but another department requested us. House fire, with three departments responding. Main part of the house was a century brick structure, but had a few additions put on over the years. Odd roof construction that had been cover with a metal roof. After 6 hours of not being able to extinguish the fire in the roof, an excavator was called in to pull the house down. That was the only way to get under the metal roof panels. The guys were inside the house pulling down ceilings, but the fire was between the old roof and the new one. Plus there were false ceilings everywhere. Lots of weird construction. They pulled down an outside wooden wall, only to find brick behind it.
The owner called it in as 'smoke in an electrical panel'. He called after spending 30 minutes trying to put it out with a garden hose. By the time the fire department got there, the roof was on fire on the far side of the house. And this place is just around the corner from the fire hall, the first volunteers on scene live nearby too, so it was a quick response.
Don't put a metal roof on your house, unless you want it to be a complete loss.
Don't delay calling 911, the house could have been saved.
Wow I am sorry to hear all this. Too bad for the home owner... what a loss to have to deal with.