This morning, I awoke to an odd smell. I blew my nose and
inadvertently noticed that that which came out was black. Thinking it
was the fan I have by my bed, I concluded that that was to blame - that
it had somehow gone bad.
An hour later, the odd smell is still there. It's possible maybe I'm
just smelling remnants of whatever it was in my nose but I dunno.
I checked the air filter and although it has very few clumps of dust on
it it is quite black (as I recall, it was a white air filter).
Any ideas as to what the problem might (or might have) been?
When I worked in a steel mill disassembling a big steel chimney (I
think it was) filled with a pattern of bricks that made 200 little
chimneys, 80 feet high, at the end of the day the mucus that came out
of my nose was pink, even though I wore a respirator all the time.
I had a neighbor whose smoke alarm kept going off, so they took it to
be repaired. While it was gone, they should have gotten another one,
but didn't. So while it was gone, the analog clock on the stove
started a fire that burnt out the whole kitchen. The original smoke
alarm was never broken and was actually detecting minute products of
combustion, for days or weeks before the fire broke out.
So, do you have a good smoke alarm near your bed? I guess you should
track this down today. You should get your nose up close and personal
to every thing that runs on electricity, and every receptacle. If
your nose is dulled by smelling this all night, bring in someone else.
That fire could have burned the whole house down, not just the
kitchen. And those people didn't have black mucus, afaik.
As it's turned out, there was a fire in the apartment next to me (I
live in an apartment, btw). Allegedly a small fire, but enough to put
a fair amount of smoke into my apartment.
I'm not sure what the cause of the fire was (it started and stopped
while the people living there were at work or something) but an
investigation is supposed to be under way.
There's a pile of ash probably more than a foot wide and maybe an inch
or two tall (I took a few pictures) outside of that appartment,
although I'm not sure much can be gleaned from that...
It's strange at the very least. Maybe it was a person who
spontaneously disintegrated. I've seen movies about that. There is
usually some dust left behind, or ash. Maybe the fire was spontaneous
gerbil combustion. That wouldn't last long.
You know, you're right. That may be a flaw in the story. Perhaps
they removed it and didn't want to admit they *didn't* do anything
worthwhile afterwards. Maybe they were afraid insurance wouldn't pay
if they said the truth. OTOH, the story about the alarm going off for
days or weeks before the fire works against them. If any of this
would have an effect on recovering from insurance, I don't know.
After all, I would think more than half of house fires are caused by
mistakes or negligence by the homeowner or his family. I thought
insurance still paid. Maybe it does, but this homeowner wasn't sure.
I don't think I talked to him directly. A mutual neighbor must have
told me the story. But it's quite a detailed story to have been made
up from nothing. I think the stove was put out for the trash, with
the obviously burned out analog clock.
First guess is that some flame-powered device in your house
is trying to kill you by filling the house with carbon monoxide
If you don't have a flame-powered device, then the next
most likely thing is a serious mold/mildew bloom.
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