They did a magnificent job, controlling the situation and preventing further destruction. The resident of the home, an elderly lady, was evacuated quickly with no injuries. At this point we're not sure where the fire started, but there was a lot of water-soaked debris piled up on the driveway in back, and the firemen cut a 6' x 6' hole in the roof with a chainsaw. And a truck from the electric utility company showed up a short time later, so the source of the fire may have been a wiring problem.
We haven't had this much action on our street since our very first Thanksgiving in Texas. Tony, the girls, and I had been here about 4 months. We were enjoying Thanksgiving dinner in our new dining room when we saw something that assured us that we were, indeed, living in Texas--a man on horseback was chasing a cow up the street, lasso in hand! You just don't see such things in Boca Raton, where we had previously lived.
I guess now we can go another 27 years before the next big event on our quiet little street.