An aquarium stand held the fish’s tank above a shelf that contained several newspapers and magazines. The homeowner was using the stand to hide the electrical outlet in which the aquarium’s air pump was plugged into.
Unfortunately a short circuit in the outlet lead to some sparks which ignited the papers under the tank. Seeing the fire the homeowner dialed 911.
When firefighters arrived the fire was already extinguished.
“As the papers burned,” the report concludes, “they heated the water in the aquarium. The water reached the point that seals holding the glass walls to form the aquarium ruptured, releasing many gallons of water. This sudden downward flood of water immediately extinguished the fire.”
The result, the Rochester, Mich., Fire Department report reads was that no significant damage was done to the house. However, the report concludes, “All the fish died.”
In this case the old saying that no amount of planning can replace dumb luck and in this case certainly luck saved the day. Dumb luck is an unplanned event that results in something good. Often it is some unforeseen incident that lifted a business’s sales or created additional profits.
Every business needs to have a well thought out plan allowing for different scenarios. Doing so will better equip the business to turn a profit when unexpected situations develop.
In the case of the homeowners, the aquarium incident was dump luck.
However to the fish, a better strategy would have been welcome.
Note, this was one of the most unusual police reports from the last few years and bears repeating due to the unique nature of the string of coincidences.
© Max Impact, used with permission.
Rochester and Rochester Hills in books
- “Rochester and Rochester Hills”, part of the “Images of America” series.
- “Rochester, Michigan Photographs”. Coffee table book with great pictures of Rochester.
- “Earth Eyes, Rochester Hills, Michigan”: surprising stories and hidden secrets.
- “A Pitch in Time”, the story of baseball in Rochester written by Robert Lytle, owner of Lytle Pharmacy.
- “Life’s Leadership Lessons”: 53 anecdotal leadership lessons mostly from people in the Detroit area.