Wednesday, January 02, 2008

I'll let this speak for itself

Man Puts Out Fire With Aunt's XL Undies

By RAPHAEL G. SATTER, Associated Press Writer

Wednesday, January 2, 2008

(01-02) 18:37 PST LONDON, United Kingdom (AP) --

From baggy briefs to the ultimate hotpants: A British woman's underwear saved the day by doubling as an emergency fire blanket when her kitchen caught fire. John Marsey and his cousin Darren Lines were frying bread in Jenny Marsey's kitchen in Hartlepool, northeast England, on Sunday when their meal caught fire.

Lines grabbed the nearest thing from a pile of laundry to put it out: his aunt's billowing, powder blue, size XL underpants.

He ran them under the faucet and tossed them onto the flames, successfully smothering the fire, a spokesman for the Cleveland Fire Brigade said, speaking on condition of anonymity in line with department policy.

Lines' swift thinking saved the kitchen — but left his aunt's underwear slightly scorched.

"It could have been a lot worse," she said. "My family could have been in hospital but the knickers saved the day. I'm just grateful to the boys."

The fire official said the general principle of using a large, wet cloth to cover a grease fire was a sound one.

As for using underwear: "Clearly it depends on what size you are — but I don't want to go there."


  1. Hi, great story, I found your blog by hitting the Next blog button on my dashboard. I was just happy it was in English this time.
    check back with you later.
    Have a happy New year from Canada!


  2. Saw this on MSN's web site today. If you clicked on the granny panties link it took you to a page where they linked you to a bunch of sites that spoofed the granny panties.
    Here's what they said:
    Granny panties
    Every woman has a pair. And now that they're putting out fires, we're searching to see if these are the hip new thing.
    Here's a link

  3. If granny panties are the hip new thing, I am so in style. That video was rad, John.