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

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

The result, the 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

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.

Life Lessons:
  • Morale #1: Dumb luck sometimes trumps everything else.
  • Morale #2: Be positive, you may have lost your fish but you
    saved you house.

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The aquarium fire