The first we knew of it she was blowing her car's horn in our front yard.(they lived about 1/4 mile down the road from us). They had been "riding around" some that afternoon...my grandfather had advanced parkinsons disease at that time and that was his " outside activity". Me and father went up there and opened the back door....too thick for us to enter. It wasn't long after that that the fire department arrived. They found the source of the smoke and brought the mattress out. I remember watching as they came out on the back porch with the mattress as a hot spring popped out of the mattress and landed on one of the firemen's back. Interesting note...that fireman's son works for me now and has for over 20 years. ;)
The timing of the fire was before home health visits, etc., and grandmother had to do a lot of lifting and "helping" my grandfather...if she could've got through the smoke there's no doubt in my mind that she would have tried to carry the mattress out herself.
Another side note.... I have some property that has about a 3-4 acre pactch of some of the south's prized greenery, kudzu, growing on it. This property is in a very rural area off of several dirt roads and goes back into the swamp...timber, etc.,. It was a couple of weeks after it happened when my cousin asked me if the local volunteer fire department had called me. I had no idea what he was talking about. Seems something had set the dry kudzu patch on fire. The VFD responded, put the fire out, never even bothered me with it. It was also at night...around 10pm when it happened. I saw one of them later and gave them $75 (interesting number, eh?) to help out on the diesel fuel, etc.,. If my cousin hadn't told me I would have wondered about the kudzu patch being burned....I kinda wish they'd of let it burn a little longer, but... ;)