I have been threatening to burn my place of business (I-95) down for years. These threats were empty in nature and typically came on the heels of minor inconveniences I experienced at work. Then, it almost happened on Friday (4/23/20). I carelessly extinguished a cigarette in the disposal unit outside the radio station and went back inside to work. After about 15 minutes, I'd realized I left something in the car and went to retrieve it and I saw a hideous, raging inferno.

With the help of Fireman Ethan Carey, I put the fire out and we went back to the business of doing a radio show. However, there will be shock waves to follow that include:

  • Mandatory safety training (again)
  • Being spoken to like a small child by my employers and deserving it
  • Being called Ryan Howard from the Office

The silver lining in all of this is how I handled it. Right after we put out the fire, we told the listening audience about it and I said it was my fault. I followed that with an e-mail to my bosses explaining what had happened, apologized and said it would never happen again.

Yes, it's embarrassing and stupid but I took/will take my lumps. Take notice people of Ridgefield, CT. This is exactly how you handle setting a fire by accident. You raise your hand, take the beating and move on with your life. What you don't do is engage in a massive, long-term cover up of the fire. 

I state my regret. 

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