Is it really, truly a bad thing when the fire department shows up at your house before the sun comes up?
Not really, for the reasons below.
1) Good news is that the fire department came, and FAST.
2) Better news was that the house was, in fact, not on fire.
3) Best news was the that awful smell was due to something outside the house and nothing inside the walls (visions of flames creeping up long-unused chimney walls? yeah, I had 'em).
4) Bestest ever news was that the Fire Dept didn't feel it was necessary to come into the house with axes and firehouses fully chocked and ready to deploy. Hooray for not having to file an insurance claim!!!
4a) Sorta kinda bad news: we need a new HVAC unit. Something innit is going 'brrrrzzzzz' when it shoud be going 'hmmmmm', and that? Is not a good thing. Somewehere, somehow, we need to pull 7K out our asses. If we were talkng about butt hairs, I'm pretty sure between us all we'd have the job done in an hour. As it is, some creative license will need to be taken.
Overall though, the news couldn't be better for us, and worse for the overnight news team. Nothing to see here, please move along.
And have a nice day.