This isn’t really a close call in the traditional sense, rather it is about a construction danger we encountered on a fire earlier this week. We were dispatched to a structure fire in 75 to 100 year old house that has been subject to numerous modifications over the years. After knocking down the fire, we started overhaul. In the room of origin, we found a chimney where the fireplace had been removed during a renovation and about 12′ of brick chimney was being supported by two metal straps anchored to two now very fire-damaged 2x8s. Needless to say, once we discovered it we gave it a very wide berth but what was so bad is that from the outside it looked like a working chimney and from the inside (prior to the fire burning the ceiling away) there was no indication it existed at all. Just a little more fire damage and hundreds of pounds of bricks would have come crashing down.