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November 15, 2008

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Jill

Wow! They were lucky the whole house didn't burn down!
Throwing water on a fire is a bad idea. I know they're going for authenticity but a small fire extinguisher discretely stored in each room would be something to consider.
We had oil lamps in our family camp (cabin) in Maine up until the early 1970s. They can be tricky, especially if one isn't used to them and the wick gets turned too high. I'd suspect there was nothing paranormal involved in the fire.
As for old plaster, sometimes it was mixed with horsehair. What fire retardant qualities horsehair has I'm not certain but since horses rarely burst into flame perhaps it's worth bringing back.
It's not unusual for find rags, newspapers and even entire suits and dresses stuffed between the laths and the plaster of old wood-frame homes. In the days before manufactured insulation people used whatever they could get their hands on.

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