My mother used to say, "God watches over fools and little children."
I am afraid I was both last night. :-)
I put my office to bed successfully...except that I forgot I had left a candle burning on my desk. An open flame, not even within a vigil light container, simply a small candle on a china plate.
It burned all night long and no one either noticed it or thought to blow it out. I think I even got up in the middle of the night to make a pit stop, saw the light in the office, and didn't think to investigate. (Lots of light comes into our house at night, due to our being on a corner with a street light and frequent traffic.)
But that shows where my concentration was...so to speak.
Fortunately, there were no papers or anything else near it to catch in any way, and the china plate held up fine.
I'm never that careless. I must have been preoccupied.
Proof positive that there's always Someone else watching.
I am thankful. :-)