Trying to control fireplace

I’ve been hard at work on my third book for about two weeks now. It was hard at the start, but now I’m starting to get on a roll. Just the other morning I happened to wake up at around two that morning full of inspiration. I had no choice but to try to stay awake and write. It was a cold night so I decided to put a few logs on the fireplace to warm things up. I waited a little while, but the air quality didn’t find much warmer. So, I went to my thermostat and adjusted it to somewhat of a higher setting. I was sure that this trusty heating and cooling system would have the desired effect and heat up the air quality. It definitely did that, and then some! The air pouring out of my ductwork felt like steam! The walls were actually hot to the touch. I got up again to try to re adjust the thermostat. This time I tried to look for a happy middle ground with the setting for the thermostat. It nothing to the heating and cooling system. It still felt like the air quality was on fire. I felt like I was standing right next to a furnace! I went to the living room and was shocked to see that the fireplace was still burning brightly! The logs must have captured the flame while I was messing with the thermostat. I was lucky the house didn’t burn down. I quickly doused the logs with the fire extinguisher and sat down so that I could try to catch my breath. I couldn’t write at that time. That shock from my fireplace took the inspiration to me!

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