The Fire and “The Lady”


 My point of view

Do you believe in spirits? Have you ever sensed a ghost in your home?

Many people are skeptical about ghosts until they actually encounter an experience that they have no other explanation for. I always believed in spirits. I may have been skeptical when I was younger, but through the years, I have had encounters several times with my dear father who had passed more than twenty years ago. Those encounters were enough for me to banish any skepticism that I had.

My sister is very different than me in many ways, especially her beliefs in ghosts. She never acquired ‘the gift’ of having a sixth sense and many times throughout our lives, she’d laugh at my stories and tell me I was crazy.

Something changed when she moved into her current house over twenty years ago. She began to experience weird occurrences with electronics in her home. Often, her kids would watch TV in the basement and hear strange noises from upstairs when nobody else was home. Their TV had shut off and turned on many times through the years and they witnessed the channels changing on the TV, landing on bizarre stations, usually pertaining to death, right in the middle of watching a taped movie.

Through the years, my sister and her family began to accept the fact that a spirit was living in their home, and my sister no longer denied her belief in spirits. She had occasionally noticed an odd shadow cast on her bedroom wall which had no bearing on sunlight coming through the window. She said it was in the shape of a woman, so she decided that the presumed ghost in her house was of the same woman.

Fast forwarding to a few months ago, something very frightening, yet bizarre happened. While my sister and her boys were out at work, a fire started in her home. It was an unseasonably hot day and her air conditioner had also been broken and off for quite some time. My nephew had left the controller of one of his gaming devices on his dresser when he went to work. According to the firemen, these controllers have the propensity to explode in extreme heat. While the house was hot, the sun beamed through my nephew’s window and apparently caused the controller to explode.

Nobody knew there was a fire while the two dogs were alone with it in the house. My sister and her boys came home from work and while she started dinner, my nephew went upstairs to take a shower. He opened his bedroom door and was overwhelmed by the blackness of smoke and ashes strewn throughout his room. Nothing was left unblackened. He saw that the controller had melted itself into an imprint, burned right into the dresser where the fire began. Yet, somehow it didn’t continue to spread and by some miracle went out on its own.

Look at this picture:


It is The Lady.

The same shadow my sister had seen appear on her bedroom wall was now branded into my nephew’s dresser top.

Although the fire went out, my sister called the fire department. The firemen couldn’t fathom how a fire could start and burn with nobody home all day, and not burn the house down.

There was no logical explanation. But my sister knew instinctively that The Lady had saved her home and dogs. If you look closely at the picture, you may spot a skeleton-like skull near where the stomach would be. My sister is convinced that The Lady lived on her property years ago before the land was developed, and thinks that perhaps The Lady lost a child there, keeping her spirit around, thus protecting the home.

I can’t argue with this theory. Do you have any better explanations? Have you encountered spirits?



11 thoughts on “The Fire and “The Lady”

  1. This was both mysterious and incredible. My mother had supernatural powers, especially associated with death. The night her father died she awoke and saw a purple ribbon floating over her bedroom door and when my cousin died unexpectedly my mother went into the kitchen and found that the clock had stopped – the hour of my cousin’s death.
    There is so much that we do not know. Your sister’s story gives us a glimpse into the supernatural world and the explanation of The Lady protecting the home is a very plausible explanation.
    Keep cool as your BIG move approaches, Debby.


    1. Wow, thanks for sharing those fascinated stories Carol. The macabre and spirits always fascinated me and I too was gifted with a sixth sense. If you remember in my book Conflicted Hearts when my dad had his first heart attack, I was getting dressed for work and a sudden eeriness went through me and tears started for no apparent reason. Moments later my sister called with the news. I’ve had many odd encounters throughout my life, so I can well identify with your mother. Also, I have heard many tales from people associated with the clock stopping at the time of a loved ones death. There is much we can’t even to comprehend about the ‘other side’.
      Thanks for the cheering me on, lol, I’m spent. Been moving boxes for the last few days to new place, unpacking, bringing home empties and still packing. We’re moving Friday and Saturday we will be out. Pardon my absence for a few days until I get reconnected and some sanity back. 🙂 Happy New Year again Carol. ❤


  2. That is really spooky!
    We had a friend pass away in a house we were sharing (four friends) some years ago, and for months afterwards things like lights, kettles, tv etc. turned themselves on and off randomly.
    As it was an unexpected death, we reckoned she hadn’t realised she was dead.


    1. Wow Deb, that is certainly spooky, yet we hear so much of those things. They say these spirits haven’t yet crossed over for various reasons. These spirits aren’t usually malicious, just sort of lost their way. Still, it would certainly freak me out!
      Happy New Year to you my friend! ❤


      1. Thanks Deb. Going dark for the weekend on Friday, til they rehook me up! That’s the part I hate, no internet. 🙂


  3. Oh dear …. Could have been a ladish lightning strike, a blizzard, electric storm maybe….
    Last year, a lighting strike indeed killed at least 4 persons in Buenos Aires beach village Villa Gessell… Two or three of them where playing voleyball by the shore.. It was awful, almost a greek tragedy
    Love, Aquileana 😀


    1. Wow Aq! Some of these terrible things have no rhyme or reason to them. My sister was lucky. And you are ingenious with your words. xo 🙂


  4. Do I have a better explanation than that a mysterious ghost called ‘The Lady’ stopped the house burning down. Well, maybe, but what’s the point? It’s a beautiful story and probably a great beginning or ending to a novel. Go for it.


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